After an injury early in training camp, Marcus Gilbert fell behind.
The second round draft choice wasn’t expected to win a starting job, but he had high expectations as a potential guard or tackle.
Gilbert had been practicing with the second team offensive line at left tackle and will get the opportunity to start for the injured Jonathan Scott on Saturday.
Against Philadelphia, Gilbert had a fair outing before leaving with an injury but still has a lot of work to do, especially when he is supposed to be protecting Ben Roethlisberger.
It will be a tough test for Gilbert according to Mike Tomlin.
“Marcus Gilbert will be given an opportunity against a top-quality player in John Abraham and others,” said Tomlin.
Tomlin has also been impressed with Gilbert’s progress.
“He’s been on the up-and-coming since a rocky beginning, like a lot of guys have rock beginnings,” said Tomlin. “He has marched back relatively well, and we are pleased with what we are seeing from him. But it must continue.”
Clearly, he has the eye of the coaching staff; now it is time for Gilbert to seize the moment and show that he can be the left tackle of the future.