Garrett Gilbert

Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #5
Las Vegas Raiders
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Garrett Gilbert News

Parts ways with Raiders

The Raiders will cut Gilbert on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: 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.

May 12, 2022 2:09 PM EST

Signs with Vegas

Gilbert signed a contract with the Raiders on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: 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.

Mar 19, 2022 10:00 PM EST

Moves to third on depth chart

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 reports.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 24, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Serviceable in spot start

Gilbert completed 20 of 31 passes for 194 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Washington's 27-17 loss to the Eagles on Tuesday night. He also committed a fumble that was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: The journeyman certainly held his own in the emergency start, but he wasn't able to make enough impact plays to overcome some stellar individual performances by multiple Eagles. Gilbert also unsurprisingly relied heavily on dump-off passes to Antonio Gibson and Ricky Seals-Jones, who accounted for half his 20 completions 14 of his 31 pass attempts. Gilbert could have a good chance of at least serving as the No. 2 quarterback for the Week 16 road matchup against the Cowboys on Sunday night, considering one of Taylor Heinicke or Kyle Allen may still be in COVID-19 protocols for that contest.

Dec 21, 2021 8:18 PM EST

Set to start Tuesday

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 21, 2021 12:37 PM EST

Trending toward starting 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. ET kickoff, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: 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 likelier outcome is that neither is reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, though Washington may take it up until the 4 p.m. ET 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.

Dec 21, 2021 9:37 AM EST

Game pushed back, may still start

Gilbert and the Washington Football Team are now scheduled to face the Eagles on Tuesday rather than Sunday.

Analysis: The game has been rescheduled on account of Washington's COVID-19 outbreak, which is the reason Gilbert was signed away from New England's practice squad in the first place. The two extra days give Washington QBs Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen some chance of being activated from the COVID list before the game, but it's still far from a sure thing, potentially setting up Gilbert for his second NFL start. Gilbert was poached off New England's practice squad Friday, but most Washington beat reporters seem to think he'd get the nod over Kyle Shurmur (who has been on Washington's practice squad all season) in the event both Heinicke and Allen can't play Tuesday. There's still a lot that needs to be hammered out here.

Dec 17, 2021 4:35 PM EST

Heading to Washington

Gilbert was signed by Washington off New England's practice squad Friday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Gilbert has been on the Patriots' practice squad all season but will now receive an opportunity in Washington with Taylor Heinicke (illness) and Kyle Allen (illness) in the COVID-19 protocols after positive tests. Gilbert could be an option to start Sunday against the Eagles, but Kyle Shurmur, who has been on Washington's practice squad all year, may have a leg up given his familiarity in the system.

Dec 17, 2021 7:17 AM EST

Joining Patriots

Gilbert signed to New England's practice squad Wednesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: The 30-year-old was released by the Cowboys at Tuesday's roster deadline, and he'll now join Brian Hoyer on the Patriots' practice squad. Gilbert appeared in one game for Dallas last year and completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Sep 1, 2021 10:30 PM EST

Done in Dallas

The Cowboys released Gilbert on Tuesday, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Gilbert and Ben DiNucci were both cut by Dallas on Tuesday, leaving Cooper Rush as the backup to Dak Prescott (shoulder) for at least the time being. After having suited for three different teams -- the Cowboys, Browns and Panthers -- over the last three seasons, the veteran journeyman will once again have to search for a new opportunity.

Aug 31, 2021 8:38 AM EST

Error-free effort Sunday

Gilbert completed nine of 16 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: It wasn't a great performance by any means and it came against Jacksonville's second-team defense, but Gilbert did put up better numbers than Cooper Rush, who got the start Sunday, and is probably still the more likely of the duo to open the season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Dak Prescott (shoulder). The Cowboys could also try to find a veteran QB to back up Prescott after rosters are cut down Tuesday, but the front office did miss a chance to acquire Gardner Minshew earlier this week for only a Day 3 draft pick in 2022, which suggests the team isn't willing to give up any kind of real asset to address the position.

Aug 29, 2021 3:29 PM EST

Another start on deck

Gilbert will start Saturday's preseason contest against the Texans, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Gilbert will draw his third straight preseason start in place of Dak Prescott (shoulder) on Saturday. The veteran journeyman will presumably turn things over to Ben DiNucci and Cooper Rush before long versus Houston, but as has been the case throughout training camp, Gilbert stands to handle most of the first-team reps. Though Gilbert declined to comment upon his position on the depth chart Friday, he still appears the favorite for the No. 2 role in Dallas.

Aug 20, 2021 10:17 AM EST

Solid numbers in start

Gilbert started the Cowboys' 16-3 preseason loss to the Steelers in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game and completed nine of 13 passes for 104 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: The veteran journeyman opened the game in place of Dak Prescott (shoulder) and quickly led the Cowboys on an 11-play, 37-yard drive in the first quarter that culminated in a field goal. Gilbert subsequently helmed a much more extensive 14-play, 79-yard march during Dallas' next opportunity with the ball, but he took a sack on third down at the Steelers' seven-yard line, nearly losing a fumble in the process and then seeing Hunter Niswander's subsequent field-goal attempt blocked. Gilbert ceded quarterback duties to Cooper Rush at that point, but he appears to have a clear-cut advantage over the latter for the No. 2 job to start the season.

Aug 5, 2021 8:47 PM EST

Likely starting Thursday night

Gilbert likely will start Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Steelers, according to the Cowboys' official site.

Analysis: Starting quarterback Dak Prescott likely would've been held out even if he hadn't hurt his shoulder last week. But now it's official that the Cowboys have only three quarterbacks available, with Ben DiNucci and Cooper Rush presumably filling in behind Gilbert on Thursday night.

Aug 5, 2021 8:24 AM EST

Set for first-team reps

Gilbert is expected to get most of the first-team reps in training camp while Dak Prescott (shoulder) is sidelined, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ben DiNucci and Cooper Rush will also spot in, but Gilbert is the favorite to win the No. 2 job and will get a long look from the coaching staff as a result. There's no timetable yet for when Prescott might get back into action, but the Cowboys don't seem worried about his Week 1 availability. If that changes, the front office might also change its mind on whether Gilbert -- who has only one career NFL start under his belt -- is enough of an insurance policy and bring in veteran competition for QB reps.

Jul 29, 2021 6:12 AM EST

Gets first career start in 2020

Gilbert completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown with one interception in his only appearance of 2020.

Analysis: The 29-year-old made his first career NFL start in Week 9 as the Cowboys' fourth quarterback of the season, after Dak Prescott had undergone ankle surgery, Andy Dalton had been sidelined with a concussion and rookie Ben DiNucci has flopped. Gilbert acquitted himself reasonably well against a tough Steelers team that was undefeated at the time, and once Dalton returned to action Gilbert held onto the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, although he didn't see any further action. He has one more year remaining on his current contract while Dalton is a free agent, so assuming Prescott is back in 2021, Gilbert could remain the backup for the Cowboys if they don't bring in a more experienced option again.

Jan 9, 2021 3:35 PM EST

Likely returning to backup role

Gilbert is likely to serve as Dallas' backup quarterback Sunday in Minnesota with top signal-caller Andy Dalton expected to start after being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After being knocked out of the Cowboys' Week 7 loss to Washington with a concussion, Dalton tested positive for the coronavirus shortly thereafter and proceeded to miss Dallas' two games before a Week 10 bye. With Ben DiNucci languishing in a starting role Week 8 in Philadelphia, Gilbert earned the chance to make his first NFL start Week 9 against the Steelers and proved to be a competent game manager in the loss, completing 21 of 38 attempts for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception while scrambling three times for 28 yards. Now that he's healthy again, Dalton's larger body of experience at the NFL level should keep him atop the depth chart, but Gilbert seemingly has at least solidified himself as the Cowboys' No. 2 option ahead of DiNucci.

Nov 22, 2020 5:44 AM EST

Nearly leads Dallas to upset win

Gilbert completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Steelers. He also gained 28 rushing yards on three carries.

Analysis: The 29-year-old came into Sunday having attempted only six passes in the NFL since being drafted by the Rams in the sixth round in 2014, but Gilbert put together a surprising credible showing in his first career start against one of the league's best defenses. Dallas even went into halftime with the lead before things finally fell apart in the fourth quarter. Gilbert's performance could give coach Mike McCarthy a tough decision in Week 11 coming out of the Cowboys' bye if Andy Dalton (concussion) is healthy enough to play.

Nov 8, 2020 8:42 PM EST

Expected to start Sunday

Gilbert is expected to start Week 9 against the Steelers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This seemed to be the plan from the get go considering Cooper Rush was on the team's practice squad last week with Gilbert acting as the backup to Ben DiNucci. A sixth-round selection by the Rams back in 2014, Gilbert has attempted just six passes in his entire NFL career and could be in a difficult tests against the league's best defense in the Steelers.

Nov 7, 2020 8:07 AM EST

In contention for Week 9 start

Gilbert and Cooper Rush will split reps this week to determine who will be the Cowboys' starting quarterback Sunday against the Steelers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Following Andy Dalton's (concussion) positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the Cowboys could have stayed the course with Ben DiNucci, but it appears his opportunity will be limited to one very subpar performance this past Sunday at Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Gilbert is the other healthy QB on the active roster, and Rush is on the practice squad. If Gilbert gets the call this weekend, it'll mark his seventh appearance as a pro. In the first six, he completed two of six passes for 40 yards and had three rushes for minus-3 yards.

Nov 3, 2020 1:59 PM EST

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