Now, if you asked a Bengal fan who the most forgotten member of the team is, you could get a variety of answers. Some would go straight to the punter, even though Kevin Huber is something of a local hero, being a Cincy native. Others may point out guys on the practice squad. Particularly knowledgeable fans would even mention the longsnapper, Clark Harris.
Unfortunately, there is one player who has had significant on field time and production that slips people's minds even more. I am talking about defensive end Wallace Gilberry. Gilberry first broke out as a Bengal during that fantastic Giants game in 2012, and was successful as a backup the remainder of the year, amassing 6.5 sacks and recovering 3 fumbles. Last season began with him as a key rotation player at DE.
His role was changed during the season, when Geno went down. Suddenly Gilberry slid inside often and took snaps at DT to alleviate our depth there. Even in an unfamiliar position, Gilberry tied with Dunlap for the team sack lead on roughly half the snaps, and 4th in DLine tackles despite never starting a game.
All offseason I have heard nothing but people bemoaning and talking about how we must draft a DE high to try and replace Johnson, and how if Hunt isn't ready for starter snaps we will take a severe step back. I disagree. While MJ was a fantastic player, we will be just fine. All thanks to the most forgotten player, Wallace Gilberry.