Reggie Gilbert hoping to go from Packers’ practice squad to contributor

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Reggie Gilbert spent his rookie season on the Packers’ practice squad, learning a new position and learning to play special teams. The outside linebacker now feels ready to contribute to Green Bay’s pass-rush.

“I definitely think it’s night and day [from last year to this year],” Gilbert said, via Wes Hodkiewicz of the team website. “I want to be able to contribute more than what I was doing last year in practice. Once I reach something, I’m always striving to be something better.”

Gilbert played defensive end at the University of Arizona, with 143 tackles and 14 sacks in 57 games. He went undrafted, though, and committed to learning to play linebacker and special teams. Gilbert knows his ability to play special teams likely determines whether he makes the final roster.

“All this was new to me,” Gilbert said. “I know a big thing for me was I was really uncomfortable on special teams last year, so I really trained on working in space and being more comfortable in being out there in space.”

The Packers lost Julius Peppers and Datone Jones in free agency, though they drafted Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel in the fourth round.

24 responses to “Reggie Gilbert hoping to go from Packers’ practice squad to contributor

  1. I wish the guy well. There is some tough competition ahead of him. Hopefully with a year under him he will make the decision very tough regarding a roster spot. I’ll watch him this year in PS games.

  2. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:30 PM

    Reminds me of when they forced Aaron Kampman to move to OLB. That was a complete failure so sure let’s try it again with this guy.
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    Kampman’s 3 best years came at OLB (in ’06, ’07 and ’08). Pro Bowl in ’07 and ’08, injured in 2009. Decided he didn’t want to play OLB anymore and went to Jacksonville in 2010, while the Packers went on to win their 4th Super Bowl.

    That’s abject failure, alright… in your world, where a losing record over the past dozen years is cheered wildly.

  3. Reggie Gilbert was hoping to make the transition to another team, but he’s still trapped on my Packers. Tough break. There’s nothing to do here. We’re lucky to have the internet.

  4. I lied… Capers didn’t bring the 3-4 in until ’09. The Packers finished 2nd in defense that year while Kampman was mostly injured. Decided he didn’t want to play OLB and went to Jacksonville in 2010 while the Packers went on to win their 4th Super Bowl with the 5th best defense in the league. I’ll take that kind of failure.

  5. The first stop these young players should make is the trophy room at Lambeau, where they can revel in the glory of the NFL record 13 World Championships so gloriously celebrated there.

    It’s simply better football.

    For better people.

  6. Kampman’s 3 best years came at OLB (in ’06, ’07 and ’08).
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    An expert on his own team 😛 I would have loved to see his face when he looked this up and discovered he was wrong.

  7. Sometimes the old memory betrays me. Luckily, I caught it and corrected myself before anyone else did.

    The point remains… Kampman didn’t want to get with the program and was allowed to walk. Meanwhile, the Packers won their fourth Super Bowl while you purples licked your wounds and cried about those mean old New Orleans Saints. I’ll take that type of failure every year.

  8. Today is Independence Day! A holiday as American as hot dogs, apple pie and the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers. Enjoy and be safe out there!!

  9. These tweeners rarely make it in the NFL. They’re not big or strong enough to play DE and they’re not fast enough to play LB’er.

    The Packers have had more than their share of guys like Gilbert. I’d love to see him turn out to be a good player, but the chances are pretty small.

  10. Kampman didn’t want to get with the program
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    Why do Packer fans like to trash players when they become ex-Packers like this? Kampman tried his best to make a bad idea work. This was Capers forcing the player to his system rather than molding his system to fit the players he had. Don’t blame Kampman for this. Or Datone Jones. Or this Gilbert kid. I am just glad Capers is still around forcing the players into his system.

    BTW, how a Super Bowl a year later has any measure on this failed experiment the year before is nonsensical. SMH.

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 4, 2017 6:39 PM

    Kampman didn’t want to get with the program
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    Why do Packer fans like to trash players when they become ex-Packers like this? Kampman tried his best to make a bad idea work. This was Capers forcing the player to his system rather than molding his system to fit the players he had. Don’t blame Kampman for this. Or Datone Jones. Or this Gilbert kid. I am just glad Capers is still around forcing the players into his system.

    BTW, how a Super Bowl a year later has any measure on this failed experiment the year before is nonsensical. SMH.

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    I didn’t trash Kampman. He came flat out and said “I do not want to play from a 2 point stance.” So, he was allowed to walk. According to you, there was a failure here somewhere. So where was the failure?

    The Packers won their fourth Super Bowl immediately after Kampman decided he’d rather play for Jacksonville than continue to play for the second best defense in the league… so who was it that failed?

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 4, 2017 5:33 PM
    Kampman’s 3 best years came at OLB (in ’06, ’07 and ’08).
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    An expert on his own team 😛 I would have loved to see his face when he looked this up and discovered he was wrong.
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    I would have loved to see your face when you finally realized you were comparing 2 players who have absolutely nothing to do with each other and played over 7 years apart.

  13. I feel bad for the guy. He’d have a chance with adequate coaching. The next defender Dom Capers coaches up will be the first.

  14. He’s in a great spot. These type players are why the Packers will advance further than any team in the division for the 8th straight year this season.

    It’s called building upon success.

  15. Which is way different from all the other practice squad players in the NFL who don’t want to make the active roster.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:30 PM
    Reminds me of when they forced Aaron Kampman to move to OLB. That was a complete failure so sure let’s try it again with this guy.
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    The very first comment on a Packer thread. In the middle of the afternoon on the 4th of July. Stalk much?

    My reactive response to your proactive negativity is this; Linebacker was Kampman’s natural position. He earned High School All-American honors at that position, was highly recruited at that position, and played the first two years of his college career at that position. It was hardly a strange position for him. Injuries shortened his career, first in Green Bay and finally in Jacksonville. It’s called “knowing when to hold ’em, and knowing when to fold ’em.” It’s a business. Ted is very good at running the business.

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