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Friday, October 11, 2013
Morning Stripes: Gilberry excels in Cincy

By Coley Harvey

Wallace Gilberry has heard the unflattering ways his NFL career has been described.

"Retread," some have called him. "Lifelong backup," others have said.  And his favorite: "journeyman."

Yes, the six-year veteran has seen more NFL locker rooms than he'd care to admit, but it looks like he has finally found a home in Cincinnati. Not only was he signed in the offseason to a three-year deal with the Bengals, but he has actually seen his production and performance trend much higher in the Queen City than during earlier stops in Kansas City, New York (with the Giants) and Tampa.

With an injury to starting right defensive end Michael Johnson, Gilberry has been called upon to step up and play more often and to play even better. Against the Patriots last Sunday, he was the perfect replacement for Johnson, who continues to miss practice time this week with a concussion. Gilberry had a hand in two sacks, including a crucial late-game stop in the 13-6 win.

In the event Johnson won't be playing again this week, the Bengals feel the position will be in adequate hands once again.

As we kick off Friday's Morning Stripes, we take a more extended look at Gilberry, the "nuts and bolts" player who has been one of the hidden gems to Cincinnati's 3-2 start: