The Raiders have released Gilbert, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Gilbert spent most of last year on the Patriots' practice squad but signed with Las Vegas in March. However, he'll be let go after the Raiders traded for quarterback Jarrett Stidham on Thursday. Gilbert has appeared in eight regular-season games in the NFL, completing 43 of 75 passes for 477 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Gilbert signed a contract with the Raiders on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Gilbert appeared in one game for Washington last season and completed 20 of 31 passes for 194 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. The journeyman quarterback spent much of the season on the Patriots' practice squad, so he has familiarity with new Raiders coach Josh McDaniels.
Gilbert is expected to serve as Washington's No. 3 quarterback for the remainder of the season after the Football Team activated Taylor Heinicke (illness) and Kyle Allen (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and Friday, respectively, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Since Washington signed Gilbert off the Patriots' practice squad last Friday shortly after Heinicke and Allen were placed on the list, Gilbert will at least retain a permanent spot on the 53-man roster, unless the Football Team elects to waive him at some point to add depth at another position. Despite having little time to get up to speed with his new team's playbook, Gilbert acquitted himself well by playing mistake-free football in his spot start Tuesday against the Eagles. He completed 20 of 31 attempts for 194 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Football Team's 27-17 loss.
Gilbert will start for Washington in Tuesday's game against Philadelphia after neither Taylor Heinicke (illness) nor Kyle Allen (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Just four days after Washington signed him off New England's practice squad, the 30-year-old Gilbert will pick up his second career NFL start. His first came last season as a member of the Cowboys, with Gilbert completing 21 of 38 attempts for 243 yards, one touchdown and one interception to go with three carries for 28 yards in a 24-19 loss to the Steelers. So long as Washington is able to stay competitive with Philadelphia, expect head coach Ron Rivera to favor a run-heavy game plan headlined by Antonio Gibson, thereby allowing Gilbert to serve as more of a game manager. The Football Team should get at least one of Heinicke or Allen back from the list before its Week 16 game against Dallas, so Gilbert could move into the No. 2 role or off the 53-man roster entirely regardless of how he fares Tuesday.
Gilbert appears to be in line to start Tuesday's game against the Eagles, as fellow quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke (illness) and Kyle Allen (illness) both remain in Washington D.C. and don't appear on track to gain clearance from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the 7 p.m. EST kickoff, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Of the two quarterbacks, Allen is the better bet to get cleared for the Week 15 contest, as he tested positive for the virus last Wednesday, two days before Heinicke. Ultimately, though, the more likely outcome is that neither is reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, though Washington may take it up until the 4 p.m. deadline for roster moves to see if either can clear the necessary protocols. In such a scenario, Allen and/or Heinicke would then have to arrange a private flight to Philadelphia, which provides another potential complication. Though Gilbert was signed off the Patriots' practice squad Friday, he has some familiarity with Washington head coach Ron Rivera's game plans from their time together in Carolina in 2018. Gilbert has only seen action in seven regular-season games since entering the professional ranks in 2014, but that's enough experience to give him the edge on the starting role over Kyle Shurmur, who is expected to be elevated from the practice squad later Monday to serve as Gilbert's backup if Allen and Heinicke are both unavailable.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Los Angeles Chargers||17||19.18|
|5||10/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||22.70|
|8||10/30||@New Orleans Saints||5||16.35|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Chargers||17||19.18|
|14||12/08||@Los Angeles Rams||3||15.76|
|15||12/18||New England Patriots||2||15.56|
|17||01/01||San Francisco 49ers||13||18.80|
|18||01/08||Kansas City Chiefs||31||22.70|
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|3 Year Avg||58.3||146||0||0||8||0||5|