Monday, November 29, 2021

Ex-Steelers Cornerback helps Lions maintain the bond

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The game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon ended in a 16-16 draw, but for a fleeting moment in the middle of overtime it looked like the Steelers might find a way to outrun Heinz Field with a win . That moment came 7:32 in the extra session when Steeler’s backup quarterback Mason Rudolph met with wide receiver Diontae Johnson in a 39-yard passing game.

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Johnson beat Detroit cornerback Mark Gilbert, but the former Duke product – the cousin of former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Darrelle Revis and the nephew of former number 3 overall Sean Gilbert – didn’t give up on the game. Instead, he chased Johnson until he caught up with the recipient in the third year and then knocked out the ball from Johnson’s hands, with one of his teammates recovering from the fumble on the Detroit 45-yard line.

If Johnson hadn’t fumbled, the Steelers would have had a first down on Detroit’s 40-yard line, already on the edge of placekicker Chris Boswell’s range.

Forced fumbling wasn’t the only game Gilbert made against the Steelers, either. According to ESPN’s boxing score, Gilbert finished the game with a total of three tackles (two solos) plus a defended pass.

Just over a month ago, Gilbert was a development prospect on the Pittsburgh training team. That is, until October 12, when Detroit lured Gilbert off and put him on their active list.

Sunday’s game at Heinz Field was only Gilbert’s second appearance in an NFL game after making his debut on October 31 in a 44-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. That day, according to the Pro Football Reference, he played 14 snaps on defense and two on special teams. It was sighted once and allowed a two-yard catch.

Gilbert was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2021. Pittsburgh fired him as part of the final round of squad cuts on August 31, 2021, but signed him to the training squad on September 1.

Gilbert in particular is the third development player the Steelers have lost this season, with the other two being claimed to be surrender. First, in 2021 the Steelers lost Quincy Roche from the sixth round, which took place on Jan.

Then, on September 29, the Los Angeles Rams claimed Jamir Jones after the Steelers renounced him the day before. Jones blocked a kick on his Rams debut, and the double punt block went viral after Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Dickson hit the ball a second time despite the initial block.

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