Versatile Gilberry Impressing Greg SchianoAugust 15th, 2012
Wallace Gilberry was very active on defense for the Bucs on Friday, and former Bucs defensive end Steve White came away impressed and said he’d likely stick on the final roster.
Count Greg Schiano among those who like what they see from the former Chiefs defensive end, who recorded seven sacks in 2010.
Today, Joe asked the leader of the New Schiano Order to talk about Gilberry’s impact and any history he had with him before the Bucs signed him as a free agent this winter. Here’s Schiano’s response:.
“I knew nothing of him before he got here. Mark [Dominik] and Dennis [Hickey] brought him in to me,” Schiano said. “I watched the tape . He flashed and did some things. You loved his effort. He’s a hard effort player. I think he’s been a good addition out there. He’s a positive guy. He works his tail off. It’s going to be interesting to see how this thing shakes out inside, but he’s definitely right in the middle of the mix. He’s a guy that can go inside and outside, too. That helpes his cause a little bit.”
Joe had a chance to chat with Gilberry, 27, who wants Bucs fans to know he’ll deliver for them in all ways. “High energy, I want to work hard. I’m definitely going to be an on-the field and off-the-field kind type of person they can get behind and cheer for,” Gilberry said.
As for rushing inside, Gilberry said he did plenty of that in Kansas City and has no preference as to how the Bucs choose to use him.
“Whatever I was told to do, I just do it,” Gilberry said. “You don’t really have a choice in this league, whatever you’re built for and whatever you’re good at, you hope the coaches bring it out of you, and that’s what happened for me in Kansas City and that’s what’s going on here. God blessed me with this talent and I’m just hoping to be able to use it.”
The battle for roster spots on the defensive line is intriguing. If the Bucs deem Gilberry capable of delivering as a reserve inside and outside, he might make banged up Amobi Okoye or Gary Gibson expendable. Or he just sticks as a backup defensive end. There’s not much to speak of behind Michael Bennett and Adrian Clayborn.