We have made it to part 34 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s take a look at Steelers reserve linebacker:
Ulysees Gilbert III
Height: 6’ 0”
Weight: 230 lbs
Draft: 6th Round 207th overall in 2019
7 Games Played
3 Solo Tackles
2 Assisted Tackles
5 Total Tackles
0 Defensive Snaps Played
150 Special Teams Snaps Played
Expires in 2022
$706,960 salary cap number (0.35% of total cap)
$31,960 Dead money
$675,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Lock. At the very least the Steelers just don’t have a whole lot of depth at linebacker. Outside of Devin Bush, Vince Williams, and UG3 the inside linebacker depth chart looks like:
John Houston Jr. (UDFA)
Leo Lewis (UDFA)
Antoine Brooks Jr. (Duel safety and linebacker?)
Gilbert has an amazing opportunity ahead of him in 2020, and I think it really means something that the Steelers didn't go out and add another middle backer this offseason.
He’s going to get the reps formerly given to Mark Barron in 2019. Gilbert will see a ton of use in sub-packages and in passing scenarios, so rocket fuel will be dumped onto his 2019 stat line. By seasons end we could even see the 2019 6th round pick supplant Vince Williams on the starting unit depending of the packages used.
4 Tackles for Loss
3 Passes Defensed
Ulysees Gilbert III is one of those names to remember when training camp roles along. He’s going to receive a serious snap count raise, and it will be interesting to see what he does with it.
If things go sideways — be it injury or performance — it would be more than likely the Steelers turn to the free agent market instead of starting a 2020 UDFA.
All things considered, I expect we’re on the precipice of a giant leap for UG3 in 2020.
Antoine Brooks Jr.