With Michael Johnson out, Wallace Gilberry stepping up for Bengals

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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

 

Gilberry’s performance drew high praise from the guys at Pro Football Focus, who tabbed him as one of their Secret Superstars of Week 5:

After a solid, if unspectacular, first season in Cincinnati, he got the opportunity to start in place of Michael Johnson last week, and he seized the opportunity with a fine performance.

Playing 13 snaps against the run, both of his solo tackles resulted in a defensive stop, giving him a Run Stop Percentage of 15.4%, albeit on a small sample size. It was as a pass rusher where he really impressed however, registering two sacks, two hits, and two hurries on 39 pass rushes. That would give him a Pass Rushing Productivity Rating of 14.3, fifth-highest among 4-3 defensive ends in Week 5.

 

And dating back to Week 12 of last year, Gilberry has seven sacks over his last 11 games, which translates into a double-digit sack producer over a 16 game season.

That’s the kind of production the Bengals will need from him for however long Johnson is out, as well as next year when MJ departs vis free agency in hopes of landing a big deal elsewhere.

 

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