Gilbert was waived by the Panthers on Monday.
Gilbert lost the backup QB job in preseason but rejoined the Panthers ahead of Sunday's season finale, and was forced into action after Kyle Allen (shoulder) exited the game. With its season now over, Carolina decided they don't need a fourth quarterback with Allen, Cam Newton (shoulder) and Taylor Heinicke (elbow) already on the roster.
Gilbert completed two of three passes for 40 yards during Sunday's 33-14 win over New Orleans.
Gilbert came into the game in the fourth quarter after rookie Kyle Allen was knocked out with a shoulder injury. He promptly lofted a pass to rookie Ian Thomas in the flat for a 31-yards catch-and-run. Gilbert just re-signed with Carolina a few days ago after an injury to No. 2 quarterback Taylor Heinicke (elbow). Sunday's spot performance likely doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, particularly with how well Allen played against a resting Saints squad, but does mark a nice return to the Panthers for the second-year passer out of SMU.
Gilbert lost out on the Panthers' backup job to Taylor Heinicke at the conclusion of the preseason but will now take his spot on the 53-man roster after Heinicke was moved to injured reserve due to an elbow issue. With Cam Newton (shoulder) still on the roster but not expected to be available for the season finale Sunday against the Saints, Gilbert is in line to serve as the understudy to Kyle Allen, who was promoted from Carolina's practice squad a week earlier.
Gilbert played before Heinicke in Carolina's opening exhibition outing, but the timing of their introductions was switched for Friday's game versus the Dolphins. After watching Heinicke lead the team to one touchdown while throwing an interception during his five-series stint, Gilbert engineered a six-play, 61-yard scoring drive on his lone possession before taking a knee to end the game on the only play of his second. Overall, he's completed 10 of 17 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown so far this preseason, keeping him right in the race to be named Cam Newton's understudy for the regular season.
The Panthers could still choose to re-sign long-time backup Derek Anderson, who doesn't seem to be drawing much interest as a free agent. If not, Gilbert will compete with Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen for the No. 2 job, with none of the three offering any significant NFL experience. Gilbert was selected by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 draft and has yet to attempt a pass in a regular-season game. Heinicke entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2015, and Allen did the same this year. It would make sense for Carolina to seek an upgrade, considering Cam Newton has dealt with far more injuries than his career total of three missed games might seem to suggest.
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