Why the Packers traded LB Reggie Gilbert to the Titans

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The Packers traded pass rusher Reggie Gilbert to the Tennessee Titans for a seventh-round choose Wednesday.

In his third coaching camp with the group, Packers beat writers weren’t sold on Gilbert generating the final 53-man roster. ESPN Wisconsin and The Athletic’s Jason Wilde and PackersNews’ Ryan Wood each had him “on the bubble,” Sports Illustrated’s Bill Huber had Gilbert on the roster, and The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman known as Gilbert “one of the toughest cuts.” 

The former Arizona Wildcat spent most of his 2017 rookie season on the Packers’ practice squad, transitioning from defensive finish to a stand-up outdoors linebacker. In 2018, he played 139 fewer snaps than Kyler Fackrell final season. Each completed with 21 quarterback pressures, but Fackrell had 10.five sacks compared to just two.five for Gilbert.

He entered coaching camp at greatest as the team’s fifth outdoors linebacker behind Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, and Fackrell. With sacks in each and every of the 1st two preseason games, particular teams is most likely why Gilbert is now on the Titans. Of the 5 reserve linebackers final season – Gilbert, James Crawford, Antonio Morrison, Oren Burks and Kyler Fackrell – Gilbert played the fewest snaps on particular teams.

Tennessee exchanges a seventh-round choose for Gilbert and adds depth to a position of need to have. Earlier currently, The Athletic polled their team’s beat writers on what positions their teams had wants at – more than 20 % have been in search of assistance at linebacker, which includes the Titans.

The massive winner? Rookie Randy Ramsey

The easiest conclusion to draw from Gilbert’s trade is the surprising improvement of Randy Ramsey. Here’s what Jon had to say about Ramsey on final week’s Blue 58:

Edge prospect player Randy Ramsey is playing so considerably. He is fifth on the group in total defensive snaps with 109. For comparison Ty Summers is in the lead with 184, and he’s playing just about each single snap on defense. Ramsey is proper up there as nicely. I cannot figure out if he’s a guy they actually like and are attempting to get a extended appear at, or if they just need to have a person to soak up reps. He’s acquiring a lot far more snaps than guys who are in a comparable position – Reggie Gilbert has fewer than half as lots of snaps. There are not any other players who are acquiring considerable burn at outdoors linebacker. It is been Ramsey and Rashan Gary with the second unit with Kyler Fackrell rotating in as nicely. What does this imply? Is he their fifth guy? You nonetheless presumably have to jump more than Gilbert, but Gilbert didn’t play against the Raiders. Ramsey is likely a guy they like. Right here he is playing a lot of snaps for the Packers. We’re going to get a considerably greater notion what it indicates in the extremely close to future.

Ramsey had been on the team’s radar considering that ahead of the draft, going to Green Bay as one particular of the Packers’ thirty pre-draft visits. Jon touched on Ramsey when he signed with the Packers on an April episode of Blue 58:

He’s one particular of these athletic edge pass rushers the Packers often appear to choose up immediately after the draft, and why not? These are superior flier prospects. Ramsey is not a super tremendous testing athlete – ran the 40-yard dash in the four.eight variety – but he is the extremely definition of a accurate multi-sport athlete developing up. Ramsey and his brother played, in addition to football, basketball, soccer, baseball, ice hockey, as nicely as swimming and operating track.

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