Now, I get the counter. He’s only played seven career games and started one. And so far in these two preseason games, he’s not even led the offense to a touchdown.
Personally, I dismiss the personnel-aspect because it’s a wash. Sure, the Cardinals didn’t play much of their starters and neither did Dallas. For that matter, Gilbert isn’t a starter, either.
He’s a backup, and for the second straight game, he looked like a backup. Nothing wrong with that if that’s what the goal is. And for Gilbert, he obviously is vying to be Dak Prescott’s backup when the season begins.
Three points or not, I liked what I saw from Gilbert much more than I did a week ago in Canton. During the first preseason game, I thought Gilbert looked somewhat rattled when the protection broke down. Well, this week was totally different.
In fact, Gilbert looked surprisingly calm during moments when he probably shouldn’t have been. Two shaky snaps by Connor Williams, who started at center, had Gilbert jumping and diving – literally – for the ball. On the first one, he had to rise up and snag the snap before firing off a quick pass under pressure.
The next one, on fourth down, Gilbert had to dive on the ground to recover a short and low snap. But when he wasn’t touched, he got up and fired a pass that was nearly caught.
In between those, he had a couple of nice throws, one of which was dropped by Michael Gallup. The other was caught by Cedrick Wilson down the right sideline.
Let’s talk about that throw a little more. Say what you want about Gilbert’s experience, but you won’t find a quarterback who makes a better throw down the sideline than that. Not saying other quarterbacks in the league can’t make – and don’t make – that throw, but it’s not any better than the dime Gilbert dropped.