Marcus Gilbert shakes off the rust in Pittsburgh Steelers win

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Nov 20, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (77) during warmups before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (77) during warmups before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

When healthy, Marcus Gilbert is one of the better right tackles in all of the NFL. He has been consistent over the past three seasons, and has two notable performances against Von Miller. However, his 2017 has not been one that will get him recognition to date.

Gilbert played in just two games before a hamstring injury sat him out for weeks three through five. Gilbert came back in Week Six, but for just 22 plays before winding up back on the sideline with the same issue. After missing two more games and getting the bye week, Gilbert finally came back against the Indianapolis Colts. He was fine against the Colts, but a short week for Thursday Night Football was sure to be a test.

Given his time off, the hamstring being the injury, and the quick bounce back, it almost should have been expected that Gilbert would struggle.

Early in the game, a hold in the red zone killed any chance the team had at scoring a touchdown and forced an eventual field goal. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked three times in the game, and two were by players lined up across from Gilbert. One was where Roethlisberger stepped into the rush, and it is tough to blame Gilbert but the other Gilbert got worked by Derrick Morgan who created separation and used a spin move to break free and create a sack.

The good news is that the lows were not significant. The team still won the game, and Gilbert walked away healthy. He also showed flashes of the potential All-Pro performer that he has been at times. Now, with the task of the short week in the rearview mirror, the Steelers get the relief of a long weekend and an extended break before their next game against the Green Bay Packers. Having two games in a ten game span off of an injury welcomed Gilbert back into the grind and now the extended break should mean that Gilbert has completely shaken off the rust, and we should see the top tier player he can be moving forward.


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