KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Running back Rashard Mandenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes against pressure from defensive end Wallace Gilberry #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half on November 27, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Pittsburgh defeated Kansas City 13-9. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
When defensive end Jamaal Anderson went down for the year with a torn quad, the Bengals went to the free agent market to fill his void. Enter Former Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman, Wallace Gilberry.
He had a productive stint with the Chiefs, registering 14 career sacks, with his most productive being 2010. In that season, Gilberry had seven sacks, primarily as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense. After the 2011 season, Gilberry wasn't asked to come back by Kansas City and left for Tampa Bay as a free agent. He was released during the team's final cuts this season. He's now anxious to prove his worth to his new team and is excited at the possibilities in Cincinnati.
After Wednesday's practice, Gilberry spoke to members of The Cincinnati Enquirer and said:
"I guess it was one of those things where it didn’t work out. Cincinnati called and gave me an opportunity and I’m definitely going to take advantage of it," Gilberry said Wednesday to The Enquirer’s Shannon Russell.
The Bengals defense is not only in need of some hungry players up front on their defense, but is in need of some general depth. Gilberry should suit up this week, as should starter Carlos Dunlap and that should help things out on the line tremendously.
Joe Reedy quotes Gilberry as saying that he's in good shape and his body feels good and he's at his playing weight of roughly 275. Furthermore, Gilberry feels that he is "definitely capable" of repeating the numbers of 2010, as he views the Bengals' defensive scheme as a "perfect" fit.
Why it is a good fit for him is because the Bengals like to kick their defensive ends inside on passing downs to get the most able-bodied pass rushers on the field at the same time. Gilberry is pretty big by NFL 4-3 defensive end standards, so we could see him, Dunlap and/or Robert Geathers kick inside on passing downs to maximize their efforts. The Bengals need to start generating sacks and turnovers, and that all happens up front with pressure. Gilberry and his 14 career sacks (all in the last three years), should help the cause.