The Titans pulled off a trade on Wednesday night, sending a seventh-round pick to the Green Bay Packers for Gilbert. The move was made to strengthen the teams depth behind Harold Landry, Cameron Wake and Sharif Finch.
Gilbert played for the Wildcats from 2012 to 2015, and totaled 144 tackles (90 solo, 28 for loss), 14 sacks, two passes defended, and four forced fumbles.
Here are the strengths listed on the scouting report for Gilbert coming out of college, courtesy of Arizona Desert Swarms Gabe Encinas.
Reggie has great size on the edge, checking in at 6-foot-3, 261 pounds. That size allows him to change up between a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level. And versatility is king when it comes to the NFL these days. Gilbert is also pretty fast for his size and position, running a 4.79 40-yard dash at Arizonas pro day. He also had 24 reps on the bench press and a 33.5-inch vertical jump.
The 6-foot-3, 261-pound Gilbert has 47 tackles, 3 + sacks and 20 quarterback pressures in 18 career NFL games.
I think he excels in lateral speed when the play goes out to the edge. He was able to force the play to go back inside or have the ball carrier backtrack to try and round the outside. When the play is going to the opposite side, Gilbert was still able to track down the ball and get the stop.
As Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported back in 2017, the outside linebacker has a great motor and quickness for the position.
The aggressive motor and slippery quickness that served him well in training camp resurfaced against top-flight competition, namely right tackle Mike Remmers, and Gilbert sliced into the backfield for three pressures and two quarterback hits, tied with nose tackle Kenny Clark for most on the team.
The thing we hear most about Gilbert is that hes fast. Having a player with the speed of Gilbert will no doubt help a Titans run defense that ranked 18th last season, and he should contribute to the pass-rush when hes on the field, also.
It took Gilbert some time to make an NFL roster, but he latched on with the Packers in 2017 and played in two games.
It wasnt until 2018 when Gilbert really got his chance to make an impact. He played in all 16 games (no starts) for Green Bay last season, and finished with 38 total tackles (27 solo, four for loss), 2.5 sacks and eight QB hits.
One of the most important aspects of bringing in a new player is how hell mesh with the rest of the players in the locker room.
Well, according to Austin Stanley of A to Z Sports Nashville, the Titans wont have to worry about that.
Thats great news. The Titans locker room already seems to be strong in the chemistry department, and Gilbert will only add to that.
Gilbert is dealing with a knee issue at the moment, but according to ESPNs Rob Demovsky, the former Packer should be ready to roll by the first or second game of the season at the latest.
The Titans will hope that the Week 1 timetable comes to fruition, and that Gilbert is back sooner rather than later to help add some depth to the outside linebacker position.
So, if Gilbert has all of these positive qualities and the Packers liked him, why would they trade him? ESPNs Rob Demovsky gave us some insight into that question.
It appears Gilbert was no better than the fifth outside linebacker on the Packers depth chart, thus the Packers were more interested in the draft pick.
With the Titans, Gilbert could spring to the No. 4 spot, as both Kamalei Correa and Derick Roberson havent done much this preseason. Roberson might be off the roster altogether when cuts happen.
Despite the knee injury, Gilbert got off to a great start this preseason. As Demovsky noted above, Gilbert had a sack in each of the first two preseason games for Green Bay.
Gilberts two sacks are one less than the Titans have as a team combined this preseason. If Gilbert were already in the two tone for the teams first two exhibition contests, chances are wed be raving about him.
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AP CHICAGO – Pending a physical, the Titans have agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers on a trade that will send linebacker Reggie Gilbert to Nashville.
The Titans will send a conditional 2020 draft pick to Green Bay in exchange for Gilbert, who must pass a physical to make the trade official.
In 2018, Gilbert (6-3, 261) played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and recorded 44 tackles (36 solo), six tackles for a loss, 2½ sacks, a fumble recovery, four quarterback hits, 15 QB pressures (No. 2 on the team) and two passes defensed while adding two tackles on special teams.
In 2017, Gilbert played in two games and registered three tackles (two solo), a sack, five QB pressures and three QB hits. Gilbert was an undrafted free agent of the Packers in 2016.
Gilbert played collegiately at Arizona, where he started 47 of 57 games and registered 143 tackles (89 solo), 27 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
In 2015, Gilbert sacked then-Oregon and current Titans QB Marcus Mariota in Arizonas 31-24 upset win at No. 2 Oregon.