Gilbert played the final two snaps of the first half Sunday after starter Baker Mayfield left with a hand injury. Gilbert, whose two attempts fell incomplete as the first half ended, was back on the bench for the second half as Mayfield returned. The starter was wearing a wrap on his right hand following the game, and the injury was described as a "contusion" by head coach Freddie Kitchens. Mayfield will be monitored throughout the week as the Browns prepare for Week 14 against the Bengals, but Gilbert would be the next man up if Mayfield is unable to play.
Gilbert will be the Browns' No. 2 quarterback after the team placed Drew Stanton (knee) on injured reserve. Since being selected by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Gilbert has played in just one game, completing two of three passes for 40 yards. He had a respectable preseason with the Browns, converting on 61.5 percent of his attempts for 403 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. However, his inexperience in the regular season could drive the Browns to bring in competition for the backup job behind Baker Mayfield.
Gilbert completed 13 of his 24 pass attempts for 117 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's preseason game against the Lions. He also rushed once for 11 yards. Working with the "starting" unit, Gilbert completed just over half his passes and generated very little on the first four drives. However, he then led the offense to a field goal before orchestrating a 80-yard touchdown drive which concluded with a seven-yard pass for Doontrell Hilliard for the score. Most notably, Gilbert gained more yardage than David Blough, who also threw two interceptions on the night. It remains to be seen how the quarterback depth chart shapes up, but Gilbert has certainly helped his case with some promising preseason efforts.
Gilbert completed 13 of 19 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's 21-18 preseason win over the Colts. Gilbert earned the start with Baker Mayfield resting and didn't disappoint as he averaged 7.9 yards per attempt and posted a rating of 127.3. He threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong in the first quarter and later added a six-yard strike to D'Ernest Johnson in the second. Gilbert should take a back seat to Mayfield -- and potentially Drew Stanton -- in Friday's matchup with the Buccaneers, but he's surely generated some momentum in his push for the No. 2 quarterback job.
Gilbert will draw the start at quarterback in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts with Baker Mayfield (rest) sticking to the sideline, May Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. As Gilbert continues to compete with Drew Stanton for the backup role at quarterback, the Browns have elected to rest several of their key offensive contributors, including Mayfield, running back Nick Chubb and wide receiver Odell Beckham (hip).
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||11/01||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|15||12/20||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|16||12/27||@New York Jets||17||19.13|
|3 Year Avg||50.0||13||0||0||-1||0||0|