According to Adam Schefter, senior NFL insider for ESPN, the Detroit are Lions signing former Duke University cornerback Mark Gilbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers training team. The news came through Gilbert’s agent Zac Hiller from LAL Sports.
Gilbert has some “famous (NFL) bloodlines” as the Detroit Free Press noted, as he is the cousin of former four-time all-pro first-team cornerback Darrelle Revis and the nephew of former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert.
Revis is the more famous of the two as he is a seven-time Pro Bowler who won the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year with the New York Jets. But Gilbert – who was ranked third overall by the Los Angeles Rams in 1992 – also had a long, successful career in the NFL, playing 11 seasons with four different teams and making it to the Pro Bowl in his second season in the league . Both Darrelle Revis and Sean Gilbert played at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the NFL, with Revis being drafted 14th overall by the Jets in 2007.
After the news, Gilbert posted a tweet Thanks to the Steelers for giving him his first chance in the NFL.
Then he sent another one is aimed at its new audience.
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It remains to be seen whether Mark Gilbert can develop into anything more than a practice quad player at the NFL level. He will get his first real opportunity to show what he can do with the Lions, who by law have to keep him in their active squad for at least the next three games.
It is perhaps also worth noting that Gilbert, in anticipation of the upcoming Lions-Steelers game at Heinz Field, which will be played on Sunday the 14th.
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In the meantime, it’s definitely worth noting that other NFL teams have made a habit of exploring Pittsburgh’s development prospects this season.
The Steelers lost promising outside linebacker Jamir Jones to the Rams after Los Angeles surrendered him on Sept. 29, which went viral during the Thursday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jones became the second development-related outside linebacker the Steelers lost in September after the New York Giants surrendered Quincy Roche to the Steelers’ sixth round in 2021.
Previously, the Los Angeles Rams also grabbed safety / cornerback / linebacker Antoine Brooks Jr., who signed on with the Rams’ training team just days after Pittsburgh struck him off their reserve / injured list with an injury agreement. Brooks entered training camp as a odds favorite to take on Mike Hilton as Pittsburgh’s slot cornerback, but he was unable to stay healthy during camp and preseason. Ultimately, he was surrendered / injured on August 24th during the team’s second round of roster cuts.
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