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Justin Gilbert | Defensive Back | #24

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (8) / CLE
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Steelers waived CB Justin Gilbert.
The eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft by Cleveland, Gilbert was acquired by the Steelers for a 2018 sixth-round pick around last fall's final cuts. He failed to earn meaningful defensive snaps and played ineffectively on special teams. The Steelers deemed Gilbert unworthy of his $970,000 salary. Gilbert's ex-teammates with the Browns have openly suggested he lacks passion for the game. Feb 6 - 4:11 PM

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Steelers acquired CB Justin Gilbert from the Browns in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

One of the biggest busts of the past five years, the No. 8 overall pick of the 2014 draft was supposedly having a solid summer before suffering a concussion. The Steelers need cornerback help as much as anyone in the league, but Gilbert's trade price signals he's a pure-depth piece that will have to move up the depth chart with strong practices. The fact that Gilbert was traded to a division rival suggests the Browns are hoping the Steelers put Gilbert on the field when they play Pittsburgh (twice) this year.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 01:42:00 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert suffered a concussion in Friday's preseason game.

Gilbert was having a solid preseason before going down, posting four tackles and two pass breakups. The injury is a setback, but he should still make the final roster. With K’Waun Williams sidelined, Gilbert is Cleveland's No. 4 corner.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 03:09:00 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert said he is more "mature" this season.

Normally a comment like this would not mean much, but every indication has been Gilbert found a new level of maturity this offseason. "I remember Justin in college, coming out, what kind of player he was," DC Ray Horton said. "I said, ‘I want you to be that type of player.’ He’s done everything we’ve asked, and I’m very happy with him." Starting with Joe Haden (ankle) on the sidelines, Gilbert showed well in the preseason opener. It is possible he earns a role this season.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 09:00:00 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson has been impressed with CB Justin Gilbert's performance at OTAs.

"He's been sensational," said Jackson. "He's done everything we've asked him to do the way we've asked him to do it." Gilbert is getting first-team reps with Joe Haden still recovering from ankle surgery. Gilbert has flopped since entering the league as a 2014 top-ten pick, but Jackson has promised a clean slate. "The coaches have been pretty clear about starting fresh and having a brand new start and not looking in the rearview mirror and just going straight forward from here on out," said Gilbert. "It feels good."
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 01:30:00 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert has received some first-team reps in OTAs.

A bust as a rookie and a total non-factor as a sophomore, Gilbert has been given a clean slate by the new coaching staff. "He's a talented young man that we need to get the talent from inside of him out onto the football field," DC Ray Horton said. "There's a verse in the Bible from Luke that 'much is given, much is expected,' and he falls into that category. He has a ton of God-given ability that we, as coaches, have to get out." The No. 8 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Gilbert is still only 24. The Browns have a barren group at cornerback with Joe Haden (ankle surgery) sidelined. Gilbert will at least be given the opportunity to earn snaps.
Thu, May 26, 2016 02:22:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer says CB Justin Gilbert "has a lot to prove" to the new coaching staff.

Gilbert played in just nine games (51 snaps) last year. He also struggled with injuries, missing four weeks to a concussion. Gilbert has been a bust to this point, but has potential for a role with Joe Haden (ankle) sidelined. Pierre Desir and Charles Gaines are the only other candidates to play opposite Tramon Williams.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 03:31:00 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert exited Week 12 against the Ravens with a concussion.

Gilbert got the rare start at corner in place of CB Joe Haden (concussion), but was injured when he slammed the back of his head on the turf while returning a kickoff. Last year's No. 8 overall pick is shaping up as a big bust.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 10:40:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns still view Justin Gilbert as a corner.

Gilbert has played only eight defensive snaps, but has taken on a bigger special teams role this year. The Browns have no plans to move him to offense despite getting him some practice reps there. Gilbert should continue to play in dime packages if Joe Haden (questionable, finger) doesn’t return this week.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Browns OC John DeFilippo said the team is ready to "explore" using CB Justin Gilbert on offense.

A colossal bust on the defensive side of the ball, the No. 8 overall pick of last year's draft has played exactly eight snaps this season. However, Gilbert has always had some Ed Reed-ian return skills, and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. It's just hard to see how he could meaningfully make the switch as a 23-year-old lifetime defensive back. The Browns have been run about as poorly as possible since firing Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 02:32:00 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert was cited for driving with a lack of reasonable control for his part in a road-rage incident Friday in Cleveland.

A 55-year-old man in a Ford Mustang followed Gilbert off the highway after Gilbert allegedly cut him off. The two exchanged words and Gilbert threw a cup filled with tobacco spit out of his window at the Mustang. Gilbert eventually ended up in a ditch, but he was not hurt. This incident was minor, but it is not a great showing for a player accused of maturity issues as a rookie.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 09:07:00 AM

Second-year Browns CB Justin Gilbert has struggled throughout training camp.

Gilbert's struggles came to a head in Monday's joint practice with the Bills, where the 2014 first-rounder was apparently "scorched" three times by undrafted WR Andre Davis. Per the Akron Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich, Gilbert allowed a catch "every time he was targeted." Ulrich said he had "never seen such a rough day." It's hard to envision Gilbert opening the year with a real role on defense.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 03:17:00 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said CB Justin Gilbert needs to be more consistent.

"He’s explosive," Pettine said. "There are times where he shows it, but it’s a consistency thing with Justin. It’s got to be more frequent." Gilbert made two nice plays in the red zone in the Browns' preseason opener, but he was burned on what should have been a long touchdown by Pierre Garcon. With Joe Haden and Tramon Williams locked in at the top of the depth chart, Gilbert has a long way to go to earn meaningful playing time.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert continues to run behind Pierre Desir at camp.

Gilbert was the No. 8 overall pick in 2014 out of Oklahoma State while Desir went 127th overall out of D-II Lindenwood. That hasn't stopped Desir from earning the No. 3 job on the depth chart, behind starters Joe Haden and Tramon Williams. Gilbert might be the biggest disappointment in the 2014 draft if it wasn't for Johnny Manziel, who the Browns took 22nd overall that year.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 09:01:00 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said he "definitely sees changes" in second-year CB Justin Gilbert.

"So far, so good," Pettine said. "Attention to detail, just kind of getting himself into the material, and then the want-to, how serious he’s taking it." The No. 8 overall pick last year, Gilbert seemed to just go through the motions and collect a paycheck as a rookie, getting torched in coverage before being benched at the end of the year. Gilbert is now competing for a role in sub-packages behind Joe Haden and Tramon Williams.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 09:56:00 AM

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