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Stephon Gilmore finagles No. 24 from Cyrus Jones

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When cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined the Patriots, his preferred number had been claimed, by Cyrus Jones. Gilmore nevertheless finagled No. 24 from the second-year player.

“I just asked him, ‘Can we do it?’ and we just came to the conclusion that we were going to switch,” Gilmore told reporters on Thursday. “He was genuine enough to do it so I was happy for it.”

Gilmore tiptoed around the question of whether he gave Jones anything for giving up the number.

“We just — we talked about it,” Gilmore said. “I already knew him from previous years. We just made a decision that we would make it happen.”

Gilmore explained that 24 became his number of choice due to players he admires, like Champ Bailey and Darrelle Revis, and players from his hometown, like Johnathan Joseph and Sheldon Brown.

“I just always wanted the number,” Gilmore said. “That’s what number a lot of guys I looked up to wore so that’s one number that I always loved.”

Jones moved from No. 24 to No. 41 for his second season. To the likely chagrin of anyone who bought his jersey. If anyone actually bought his jersey.

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13 Responses to “Stephon Gilmore finagles No. 24 from Cyrus Jones”
  1. valentino8100 says: May 11, 2017 4:03 PM

    Respect to Jones for recognizing that he hasn’t yet “earned” a number on the squad. After last season’s poor performance complete with a whole lot of fumbling and on-field meltdowns, Jones seems to have recommitted himself in the off-season to realizing his full potential. Best to him.

  2. elyasm says: May 11, 2017 4:08 PM

    Jones was originally going to keep the number, but he accidentally dropped it and Gilmore was there to pick it up.

  3. 4rings4brady says: May 11, 2017 4:12 PM

    Nothing wrong with 41. Brian Piccolo wore #41.

  4. kennylc2015 says: May 11, 2017 4:13 PM

    “Gilmore explained that 24 became his number of choice due to players he admires, like Champ Bailey and Darrelle Revis, and players from his hometown, like Johnathan Joseph and Sheldon Brown.”

    God, I’m old… In HS, I wore #34 because of Walter Payton, Herschel Walker, Thurman Thomas and Bo Jackson.

  5. walker1191 says: May 11, 2017 4:19 PM

    I don’t think anyone has ever needed a fresh start and a new number more than Cyrus.

  6. bigsimpfan says: May 11, 2017 4:45 PM

    Poor guy. Fumbles his jersey number faster than fumbling the ball.

  7. maust1013 says: May 11, 2017 4:47 PM

    After a brutal rookie season Cyrus Jones could use all the change he can get. 24 will always make any New England fan think of Ty Law

  8. tangotwo22 says: May 11, 2017 4:48 PM

    Jones had a miserable year but he is a talent and I think he will rebound and be a valuable asset for the Pats. He’s a good guy who just started thinking too much.

  9. tedmurph says: May 11, 2017 4:49 PM

    Ty Law’s number. Put some more pressure on yourself son.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 11, 2017 5:45 PM

    As long that’s all he did for that jersey number…

  11. kracker55 says: May 11, 2017 6:06 PM

    Jones is smart here I think Gilmore tip toed around the fact he hat Jones is making a fresh start and a new number is part of it

  12. pastabelly says: May 11, 2017 6:10 PM

    Hopefully, Jones comes in and puts last year behind him. It’s sad when a kid has talent and becomes a head case. He really might be best off with a change of scenery, but the Pats should stick with him for another year.

  13. apatfanforever says: May 11, 2017 7:18 PM

    GO PATS

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