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Former Arizona Wildcats defenders face each other in first NFL preseason game

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Former Arizona defensive end Reggie Gilbert pressures former USC nemesis Cody Kessler into a safety by pressuring Kessler to run out of bounds for a safety during Green Bay’s 17-11 win over Cleveland last night at Lambeau Field (NFL.com screen shot/click on photo to access video).ReggieGilbert2

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Former Arizona Wildcats defensive end Reggie Gilbert is officially listed at outside linebacker by the Green Bay Packers but last night against Cleveland and former teammate Scooby Wright III, he was placed on the edge of the line.

His jersey number changed from 46 (customary for an NFL linebacker and what he has worn during practices) to 93 for the game.

With his athleticism matched with good size (6’3″ and 261), Gilbert as a defensive end consistently put pressure on Cleveland’s quarterbacks, most notably former USC nemesis Cody Kessler in the third quarter of Green Bay’s 17-11 win at Lambeau Field.

Gilbert broke free, almost untouched to Kessler in the end zone. Kessler showing his rookie ways, ran out of bounds in the back of the end zone allowing Gilbert a safety and sack. He finished with two tackles.

“I’ve always felt most comfortable on the edge whether I’m in two point or three-point stance,” Gilbert told NFCNBarroom.com earlier in the week.

Wright, who like Gilbert played in the second half, also registered two tackles for the Browns. He was active on the field, pursuing nearly every play aggressively. He showed that he is fully healthy after his injury-marred season last year with the Wildcats.

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ARIZONA WILDCATS IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS

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Carey required concussion protocol in the Bears’ game Thursday.


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Foles takes on being No. 1 at least with his jersey.

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New York Jets media is making it seem Nick Folk’s job is on the line against a rookie. Former Desert Swarm linebacker Brant Boyer is the Jets’ special teams coach and fellow former Wildcat Jeff Hammerschmidt is his assistant.

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Golden is making plays.


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We’ll have to see the first of Gronk in the second preseason game against the Bears on Thursday.


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Hill getting some work in before tonight’s preseason opener against Dallas.

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Mitchell has been hobbled by a calf injury


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Pettinato tries to sack former ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler every day in practice.


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Looks like Reed is finally healthy after injuries have dogged most of his NFL career.


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Wade is entering his fifth season in the NFL and appears bent to stay there a lot longer.

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Scooby’s dad takes in his son’s first NFL preseason game.

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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