Gilbert completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown with one interception in his only appearance of 2020. The 29-year-old made his first career NFL start in Week 9 as the Cowboys' fourth quarterback of the season, after Dak Prescott had undergone ankle surgery, Andy Dalton had been sidelined with a concussion, and rookie Ben DiNucci had flopped. Gilbert acquitted himself reasonably well against a tough Steelers team that was undefeated at the time, and once Dalton returned to action Gilbert held onto the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, although he didn't see any further action. He has one more year remaining on his current contract while Dalton is a free agent, so assuming Prescott is back in 2021, Gilbert could remain the backup for the Cowboys if they don't bring in a more experienced option again.
Gilbert completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Steelers. He also gained 28 rushing yards on three carries. The 29-year-old came into Sunday having attempted only six passes in the NFL since being drafted by the Rams in the sixth round in 2014, but Gilbert put together a surprisingly credible showing in his first career start against one of the league's best defenses. Dallas even went into halftime with the lead before things finally fell apart in the fourth quarter. Gilbert's performance could give coach Mike McCarthy a tough decision in Week 11 coming out of the Cowboys' bye if Andy Dalton (concussion/illness) is healthy enough to play.
Gilbert is expected to start Week 9 against the Steelers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. This seemed to be the plan from the get-go considering Cooper Rush was on the team's practice squad last week with Gilbert acting as the backup to Ben DiNucci. A sixth-round selection by the Rams back in 2014, Gilbert has attempted just six passes in his entire NFL career and could be in a difficult test against the league's best defense in the Steelers.
Gilbert signed a contract with the Cowboys on Monday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Gilbert will add depth at quarterback for Dallas following Dak Prescott's gruesome ankle injury in Week 5. He'll have a chance to win the backup job if he can outduel Ben DiNucci.
The Browns have placed Gilbert on the reserve/COVID-19 list. It's unclear whether Gilbert has tested positive for the illness or if he's simply been exposed to it. He's clearly behind Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum on the depth chart entering camp, so Gilbert's only chance to make the team will likely be if the Browns opt to hold three quarterbacks. However, Gilbert's health is the main concern at this point.
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