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Mike Gillislee: I was hoping for the best and got it

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Running back Mike Gillislee said Tuesday that he was “surprised” when he got word from his agent that the Patriots wanted to sign him to an offer sheet because it came just before the end of the window for restricted free agents to sign with other teams.

Gillislee signed the offer sheet after getting over the surprise and joined the Patriots last week when the Bills opted not to match. Gillislee said that move allowed him to realize his hopes, which he described as “the best,” for his time as a restricted free agent.

“And I ended up with the best, here [with] a winning squad,” Gillislee said. “No offense against Buffalo, but just to come here and continue to help this team win games.”

Gillislee’s ultimate role with the Patriots remains to be seen and the team has several other running backs in the mix for playing time. Gillislee said he’s comfortable with the amount of competition and believes his “physicality” will be a useful tool as that competition unfolds over the coming months.

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71 Responses to “Mike Gillislee: I was hoping for the best and got it”
  1. blitzinc43 says: May 2, 2017 12:17 PM

    As a close friend of the organization Gillislee was offered on for his talent for sure, but was a no-brainier because of his personality.

  2. thegronk87 says: May 2, 2017 12:18 PM

    Welcome to a real team

  3. dchetz says: May 2, 2017 12:18 PM

    Hogan… Gilmore….. now Gillislee…. odd that such a lousy team has somehow become a feeder-system for the world champs.

  4. razzlejag says: May 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    RBs grow on trees, No need to draft one at #4 overall.

  5. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: May 2, 2017 12:21 PM

    Good luck to Mike Gillislee, I wish my Packers had a good RB like him. I, too, was hoping for the best, but I woke up this morning still a Packers fan.

  6. newenglandcheetahs says: May 2, 2017 12:21 PM

    Shame we lost this dude. He will be Top 10 Fantasy back –

  7. jimginal says: May 2, 2017 12:22 PM

    It’s so hard being a Bills fan.

  8. BigBagOfMoney says: May 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    This is like reading about a kid thats thrilled to be getting called up from Pawtucket.

  9. harrisonhits2 says: May 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    White, Lewis, Gillislee and Burkhead make up a tremendous backfield for the Pats.

    The latter two should both have upsides as compared to Blount while filling a similar role.

    Bolden is on his way out unless he can hold on with special teams.

  10. unclebluck says: May 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    Patriots got themselves a hell of a RB!

    Bills fan….

  11. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says: May 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    The rich get richer…………

  12. billswillnevermove says: May 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    Good luck Mike.

  13. dynastydriven says: May 2, 2017 12:26 PM

    Championship

  14. jfm215 says: May 2, 2017 12:26 PM

    the subtle genius of the Hoodie at work again…

  15. stoptrippn says: May 2, 2017 12:32 PM

    They need another veteran safety.

  16. joetoronto says: May 2, 2017 12:44 PM

    “And I ended up with the best, here [with] a winning squad,” Gillislee said.

    But the Bills won the offseason again and might have a shot at 9-7.

    If everythings goes well.

  17. billsbackto81 says: May 2, 2017 12:45 PM

    I wish the kid the best but feel a little put back that he would say that about a team that picked you up off the street and allowed you to show your worth behind one of best running OLines in the league. How about some props for the team that made you relevant. It’s not like other coaches were knocking on your door two years ago, not even the Hoodie.

    Good luck Mike, stay classy!

  18. nhpats says: May 2, 2017 12:46 PM

    Can you imagine going from playing for Rex Ryan and the Bills to BB and the Patriots? It’s like Gillislee just won the lottery

  19. irsaysneedle says: May 2, 2017 12:50 PM

    it’s just not fair I’ll tell you…just not fair

  20. tylawspick6 says: May 2, 2017 12:53 PM

    good thing the jets, bills and dolphins are doing so well
    understanding the salary cap and how to build
    a football team

  21. longtermbuffalonian says: May 2, 2017 12:57 PM

    To be honest – I always liked Gillislee. I was really hoping we were going to keep him, because he was an excellent companion to Shady McCoy.

    I hope he does well for the Pats – on every day they AREN’T playing the Bills… 🙂

  22. joetorontoeatsdic says: May 2, 2017 12:59 PM

    He should probably keep his mouth shut. If Karlos Williams didn’t gain 70 pounds Gillislee would have been a 3rd stringer last season. He is easily replaceable. Just like Karlos was. Enjoy Boston Mike. Adam Jones says it’s a great city

  23. maust1013 says: May 2, 2017 1:04 PM

    “No offense against Buffalo, but just to come here and continue to help this team win games.”

    They shouldn’t take any, the Bills know who they are. It’s also hard to fault a player for not just wanting to win but to have a chance to be ‘the guy.’ That wasn’t going to happen in Buffalo with Shady in front of him.

  24. oraclepz1 says: May 2, 2017 1:14 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    May 2, 2017 12:53 PM
    good thing the jets, bills and dolphins are doing so well
    understanding the salary cap and how to build
    a football team”

  25. unionjack1776 says: May 2, 2017 1:24 PM

    It’s too bad for you though that the Patriots only make a Super Bowl appearance every other year. You’ll be in the playoffs next year but no trophy for you.

  26. exinsidetrader says: May 2, 2017 1:25 PM

    Pats taking so many starters from Bills you would almost think that the Bills do not know how to evaluate and best utilize the talent they already have… but that can’t be true 😉

  27. tylawspick6 says: May 2, 2017 1:25 PM

    He should probably keep his mouth shut. If Karlos Williams didn’t gain 70 pounds Gillislee would have been a 3rd stringer last season. He is easily replaceable. Just like Karlos was. Enjoy Boston Mike. Adam Jones says it’s a great city

    ———–

    Yes, Gillislee didn’t play well last year and there are never racist jerks anywhere in New York, not that I trust Adam Jones and his big yap anyway.

  28. rob471773 says: May 2, 2017 1:28 PM

    Gillislee is going to assume the Blount role in the Patriots offense and be the primary “between the tackles” RB, they’ll also count on him to pick up 3rd and 4th down short yardage.

    I think this guy is going to be a perfect fit. The Patriots have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to shifty, pass catching RB’s, but they had a serious need for a dynamic tough yardage back. Gillislee fits the bill 100%.

    Also, I think Burkhead is going to provide more than people think on the ground. In either case, this Patriots offense is absolutely LOADED in 2017 and primed for another Super Bowl run.

  29. igotgamenj says: May 2, 2017 1:37 PM

    Jeff Ireland picked this guy how good can he really be ?

  30. daltonsdumptruck says: May 2, 2017 1:37 PM

    Karlos Williams —->Mike Gillislee—->Jonathan Williams

  31. bobthebillsfan says: May 2, 2017 1:43 PM

    I liked Chris Hogan and was shocked we let him get away. Now Mike Gillislee and Stephon Gilmore. What is it in these guys that GM Belichick sees that GM Doug Whaley does not?

  32. maust1013 says: May 2, 2017 1:47 PM

    unionjack1776 says:
    May 2, 2017 1:24 PM
    It’s too bad for you though that the Patriots only make a Super Bowl appearance every other year.
    ==================

    It’s getting harder and harder to troll the Pats with something new, “ONLY make a Super Bowl appearance every other year” the slackers, lol. Between that and some other fool tossing out what one drunk idiot did at a Sox game the malodorous scent of troll desperation is heavy in the air. Be sure to drop back by in February ladies.

  33. davebarnes21 says: May 2, 2017 1:51 PM

    High expectations here MG

  34. skoobyfl says: May 2, 2017 1:56 PM

    Kim got her call but was all tied with Doug Whaley.

  35. superpatriotsfan says: May 2, 2017 1:56 PM

    exinsidetrader says:
    May 2, 2017 1:25 PM
    Pats taking so many starters from Bills you would almost think that the Bills do not know how to evaluate and best utilize the talent they already have… but that can’t be true 😉
    ————————–
    Hogan and Gillislee were not starters. Try again Pats homer, you’re ignorance is showing.

  36. thrifty says: May 2, 2017 2:01 PM

    He’s certainly not deserving of going to a good team.

  37. pastabelly says: May 2, 2017 2:09 PM

    I doubt he’ll be averaging 5.7 per carry like he did with the Bills last year, but if he can run close to 4.5, it will be a big improvement. I am not going to trash Blount. He did his job and helped the Patriots in two Super Bowl years. The man deserves some appreciation.

  38. tylawspick6 says: May 2, 2017 2:11 PM

    I liked Chris Hogan and was shocked we let him get away. Now Mike Gillislee and Stephon Gilmore. What is it in these guys that GM Belichick sees that GM Doug Whaley does not?

    ————–

    It’s called cap hell.

    When you spend your time overpaying Mario Williams, Dareus, TyRod Taylor, while whiffing on draft picks all the time, that’s cap hell.

    You also just lost Zack brown over it.

  39. magnumpimustache says: May 2, 2017 2:13 PM

    This is by far the best team the Patriots have ever put together.

    I really don’t see them losing a game this year.

    Running Back core as strong as ever.

    WR Core as strong as ever

    TE Core as strong as ever

    Defensive Back Core as strong as ever

    QB Core as strong as ever

    Offensive line Core as strong as ever

    Defense line…..could be better

    Linebacker core…..pretty good

    Special Teams as good as ever…..

    Coaching as good as ever

    Owner as good as ever

  40. maust1013 says: May 2, 2017 2:20 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    May 2, 2017 1:56 PM
    exinsidetrader says:
    May 2, 2017 1:25 PM
    Pats taking so many starters from Bills you would almost think that the Bills do not know how to evaluate and best utilize the talent they already have… but that can’t be true 😉
    ————————–
    Hogan and Gillislee were not starters. Try again Pats homer, you’re ignorance is showing.
    ======================

    Starters for the Pats chipster. Hence the comment “Bills do not know how to evaluate and best utilize the talent they already have…” Probably should have given you a pass on that one, what with the abysmal educational system down there in the 3rd world we shouldn’t expect much from your primitive comprehension skills

  41. LyinRogerMustGo says: May 2, 2017 2:25 PM

    Wide right 🙂

  42. LyinRogerMustGo says: May 2, 2017 2:27 PM

    The Bills dumped a winner named Doug Flutie for a surfer dude pretending to be QB named Rob Johnson. I am not making this up.

    Hilarious ain’t it?

    🙂

  43. superpatriotsfan says: May 2, 2017 2:41 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    May 2, 2017 2:25 PM
    Wide right

    ——————————-
    Stephen Gostkowski in the 2016 AFCCG against Denver.

  44. superpatriotsfan says: May 2, 2017 2:42 PM

    I haven’t seen Pats fans this excited since the 2007, remember how that turned out? 18-1 was it?

  45. nhpats says: May 2, 2017 2:49 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    May 2, 2017 2:42 PM
    I haven’t seen Pats fans this excited since the 2007, remember how that turned out? 18-1 was it?

    —————-

    Meanwhile, your Dolphins will struggle to be 8-8…..again….

  46. superpatriotsfan says: May 2, 2017 2:58 PM

    nhpats says:
    May 2, 2017 2:49 PM
    superpatriotsfan says:
    May 2, 2017 2:42 PM
    I haven’t seen Pats fans this excited since the 2007, remember how that turned out? 18-1 was it?

    —————-

    Meanwhile, your Dolphins will struggle to be 8-8…..again….
    —————————–
    Not a Phins fan, jeez Pats homers really should not be detectives. Btw, Phins went 10-6 which was not even close to the Pats homers predictions of bein below .500. Try again cupcake

  47. Nofoolnodrool says: May 2, 2017 3:01 PM

    Starters for the Pats chipster. Hence the comment “Bills do not know how to evaluate and best utilize the talent they already have…” Probably should have given you a pass on that one, what with the abysmal educational system down there in the 3rd world we shouldn’t expect much from your primitive comprehension skills

    Judging from the comments on here there must be a lot off ” one drunken idiot” situations in New England. Sad to see you gloss over such a obvious and prevalent occurance by New England fans….I grew up there and I KNOW it wasn’t just one…..please

  48. harrisonhits2 says: May 2, 2017 3:03 PM

    “What is it in these guys that GM Belichick sees that GM Doug Whaley does not?”

    Belichick has done this with many players from different teams. Wes Welker was one for example.

    He looks for players that tear it up against the Pats even if their overall stats/season wasn’t that good. I think when he sees that he feels can coach a player up to a high level and put them in a better position to succeed than the team he’s taking them from.

  49. harrisonhits2 says: May 2, 2017 3:07 PM

    “I haven’t seen Pats fans this excited since the 2007, remember how that turned out? 18-1 was it?”

    Yup, a fantastic season of entertainment and you’re right, they lost a very close SB in the waning seconds of the game.

    Given there are several teams that have never even played in a Super Bowl, and quite a few others than have never won one I’m just fine with that. You can’t win it all every year, and no team has ever come close to being in 7 Super Bowls in a 15 year period of time.

    Believe you’re probably a Jets fan. I’m sure you have a fantastic season to look forwards to this year fighting it out for 3rd place in the AFCE.

  50. qbarrel says: May 2, 2017 3:12 PM

    The Bills might be a lousy NFL team, but they make a great farm team for the Pats.

  51. tylawspick6 says: May 2, 2017 3:13 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    May 2, 2017 3:03 PM
    “What is it in these guys that GM Belichick sees that GM Doug Whaley does not?”

    Belichick has done this with many players from different teams. Wes Welker was one for example.

    He looks for players that tear it up against the Pats even if their overall stats/season wasn’t that good. I think when he sees that he feels can coach a player up to a high level and put them in a better position to succeed than the team he’s taking them from.

    ———

    That’s fairly obvious, though. He’s the greatest coach ever.

    I think the average fan’s frustration is that teams let the primadonna player dictate the situation, where the GM caves and cap hell settles in and forces seemingly marginal players with upside, out the door.

    BB pounces and the rest is history.

    If you notice, any team with a 20 mil per year QB, deserved or not, is in a cap hell, where these players then become available due to said cap hell from those teams.

    All it takes is one long term vast overpayment for this to snowball.

  52. squackduckhawk says: May 2, 2017 3:30 PM

    As a close enemy of the organization, nobody either believes you or cares that you are a close friend of the organization. This goes to all people that start their respective posts that way. ( I am not really a close enemy of any organization except the 49ers, just to clarify).

  53. weepingjebus says: May 2, 2017 3:49 PM

    I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the sting went out of 18-1 a long time ago. Like, two Super Bowl wins ago. Keep using it if you want, but all it does is show how you guys have nothing left to hurt us with.

  54. wib22 says: May 2, 2017 4:32 PM

    The best cheaters all right.

    Not the best franchise.

    that’s the steelers 6 > 5

    And spygate and tainted rings galore!

  55. blessedunliketherest says: May 2, 2017 4:33 PM

    Stephen Gostkowski in the 2016 AFCCG against Denver.
    __________________________________________

    Which was sandwiched between two SB wins. Needless to say, your trolling is pathetic.

  56. psousa1 says: May 2, 2017 4:43 PM

    Someone posted earlier about the Packers. Why the hell wouldn’t a team like Green Bay want to give up a 5th round pick to sign him as an RFA?

    Unless GB is in cap hell

  57. jag1959 says: May 2, 2017 5:02 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    May 2, 2017 3:01 PM
    I grew up there…..
    ___________________

    Anyone that has read even one of your posts knows you have never grown up.

  58. pointerdogs says: May 2, 2017 5:17 PM

    To be fair, there’s lots of offense against Buffalo, just none coming from Buffalo.

  59. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: May 2, 2017 5:25 PM

    jag1959 says:
    May 2, 2017 5:02 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    May 2, 2017 3:01 PM
    I grew up there…..
    ___________________

    Anyone that has read even one of your posts knows you have never grown up.
    ————————————————————-
    BAM! thanks for playin’.

  60. maust1013 says: May 2, 2017 5:28 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    May 2, 2017 2:58 PM
    Not a Phins fan, jeez Pats homers really should not be detectives.
    ================

    Many of us saw you out yourself when you got owned last week chipster. You forgot which id you were using and it was great. In case you forgot here it is:

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Apr 24, 2017 11:08 AM
    chippys lost binky says:
    Apr 24, 2017 10:33 AM

    Ah chippy (or should it be wibby now?) no Pats thread is complete without you shooting yourself in the foot.
    ———————-
    Nice to know that you created a screen name dedicated to me. I’m so in your head.

  61. Nofoolnodrool says: May 2, 2017 5:54 PM

    Anyone that has read even one of your posts knows you have never grown up.

    6 0

    Thanks, glad I moved you to post a comment. But if that’s your best second grade must be really tough….for your third try.

  62. tim8450 says: May 2, 2017 6:01 PM

    wib22 says:
    May 2, 2017 4:32 PM
    The best cheaters all right.

    Not the best franchise.

    that’s the steelers 6 > 5

    And spygate and tainted rings galore!

    =====

    Patriots vs Steelers, since 2012:

    1/22/2017 W 36-17
    10/23/2016 W 27-16
    09/10/2015 W 28-21
    11/03/2013 W 55-31

    146 total points, 36.5 average per game.

    And that’s without the coach stepping out onto the field to trip players.

    Since 1998, the Pats are 11-3 vs the Steelers, so, if you go back over 20 years ago, before most of their current squads were even born, then you might have a point.

  63. subprimeloansco says: May 2, 2017 6:19 PM

    I liked Gillislee and was sad to see him go, but I think Jordan Johnson is going to surprise Bills’ fans. People forget that the key to a good running game is a solid offensive line. There is a reason that Buffalo has been number one in rushing in the NFL for two years.

  64. LyinRogerMustGo says: May 2, 2017 6:55 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    May 2, 2017 2:41 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    May 2, 2017 2:25 PM
    Wide right

    ——————————-
    Stephen Gostkowski in the 2016 AFCCG against Denver.


    Did he? I don’t remember that but I certainly do remember the most famous wide right in the history of this great sport! And so does the rest of the nation! Tee hee 🙂

    Aww. You getting mad boy? 🙂

  65. youknowiknowitall says: May 2, 2017 6:56 PM

    There is a reason that Buffalo has been number one in rushing in the NFL for two years.
    ————
    Yeah, it’s because they can’t pass it.

  66. grogan537 says: May 2, 2017 6:58 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    May 2, 2017 3:49 PM
    I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the sting went out of 18-1 a long time ago.

    There’s no shame in admitting the sting still exists and will always exist in that heart breaker, congrats Giants. I’ve been a Pat’s fan since the late 70’s and to live through this era is completely unbelievable to me, and I’m sure many others. Let’s live it up and accept our defeats along the way, we can’t win it every year. Enjoy the fact we’re in the discussion every season!

  67. LyinRogerMustGo says: May 2, 2017 6:58 PM

    And that’s without the coach stepping out onto the field to trip players.


    I used to respect Tomlin but after this – plus the whinefest after they got whooped again by their daddys, the 5 time World Champion Patriots, that is sadly no longer the case.

    I wonder if the Steelers will ever win a legit title. I say no they won’t.

    Discuss.

  68. LyinRogerMustGo says: May 2, 2017 7:18 PM

    youknowiknowitall says:
    May 2, 2017 6:56 PM

    There is a reason that Buffalo has been number one in rushing in the NFL for two years.
    ————
    Yeah, it’s because they can’t pass it.

    —–
    While that is true, the real the reason has a name: Rex Ryan.

    It’s his fascination with the ground n pound kind of offense that went out of style 20 years ago and simply cannot win in the modern NFL. He did exactly the same thing with the Jets and the results were the same.

    One of the many reasons why the man is simply not an NFL head coach and the Bills are better off with a new coach and new philosophy.

  69. j0esixpack says: May 2, 2017 7:27 PM

    $3 mil a season for a nearly 6 yard a carry RB is actually a pretty great deal

    Belichick was just smart enough to see that the Bills had zero cap space to match

    Belichick’s off season in which he basically upgraded the team by trading unproven draft picks for proven veterans is something DEPENDENT on Belichick managing his own cap space so well – as opposed to other teams that can’t afford to keep their best players

    And Belichick will STILL find as many NFL players among the undrafted as most teams will from the draft

  70. npadln says: May 2, 2017 7:36 PM

    joetoronto says:
    May 2, 2017 12:44 PM
    “And I ended up with the best, here [with] a winning squad,” Gillislee said.

    But the Bills won the offseason again and might have a shot at 9-7.

    If everythings goes well.

    **********************************************************
    “Winners” of draft year are judged and decided upon years later. The Bills didn’t win with Sammy Watkins and it remains to be seen if they won with this draft class as well.

  71. gscott104 says: May 3, 2017 11:16 AM

    Always liked Gilly from his days at UF.

    Paid his dues toiling on garbage teams, kept his head down, mouth shut and its paying off for him.

    Good for him!

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