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Ulysees Gilbert III delivers a strong preseason showing in Week 1

By Mark Chichester
Aug 13, 2019
Pittsburgh Steelers

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By now, it should be no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled at the linebacker spot ever since they lost Ryan Shazier to that devastating spine injury. In the 21 games since that team-crushing loss, the Steelers’ linebacking corps — which consisted of a combination of Sean Spence, L.J. Fort, Jon Bostic and Vince Williams — collectively earned just two single-game grades of 80.0 or more, while 15 of those games fell below the 65.0 mark.

Heading into the draft, the Steelers knew that the position had to be addressed, and addressed it was, not only by trading up in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft to select Michigan linebacker Devin Bush but by taking a flier on Akron product Ulysees Gilbert III deep in the sixth round. And while Bush did have a very solid game in Pittsburgh’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was Gilbert who made the biggest impact in the middle of the team’s defense.

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