Stephon Gilmore “more comfortable” in second year with Patriots

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At this time last year, Stephon Gilmore was the new guy in the Patriots cornerback group and it took some time before he settled into his role with his new team.

Gilmore eventually found his footing after a heavily scrutinized start to the year and scrutiny at cornerback switched to Malcolm Butler‘s Super Bowl benching. That benching left Gilmore as the top cornerback on defense, which is a position he’s set to get more experience with this year now that Butler is in Tennessee.

It would be a new role, but the change comes with Gilmore feeling more at home in New England than he did last year.

“Yeah, any time you go through something a second time, it’s always better,” Gilmore said, via the Boston Herald. “But, at the end of the day, you still have to go out there and do your job and compete at a high level every year. That’s what it’s about. Obviously, I feel more comfortable being around the guys, being around my teammates. I’m looking forward to it.”

The Patriots traded for Jason McCourty and drafted two corners to go with Gilmore, Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe. The numbers likely will lead to some shuffling to figure out the best mix and it’s never easy to predict how the Patriots may choose to align their secondary, but it seems likely that Gilmore will be in the center of whatever they do.

19 responses to “Stephon Gilmore “more comfortable” in second year with Patriots

  1. He didn’t become the top CB after Butlers benching he already was the top cb on the Pats.. he also outperformed Butler throughout the season

  2. Nothing like being torched by Nick Foles to make you more “comfortable.”

  3. Ugh. This guy made one good play the entire season at the end of the Jax game, and that shouldn’t even have been necessary if he’d played just mediocre football the preceding 59 minutes. The rest of the time he looks like a loose shutter just flapping in the wind.

  4. another one of Belicheat’s bad mistakes. You would have won another Super Bowl if Malcolm Butler played but the arrogance of your coach costed you.

  5. Gilmore is a slouch. He was a slouch in Buffalo and he’s a slouch in New England. He is consistently being beat on routes he should have locked down. He was drafted as a number one corner and brought to New England as a number one. Yet he is beat left and right by receivers making 1/16th the money. A bum… an overpaid & over hyped bum.

  6. Butler couldn’t have done anything about those 2 non catches during the regular season that were allowed to be touchdowns during the Super Bowl….. or the illegal formation in which Foles caught the touch down on….. so it made no difference that he didn’t play……those plays/calls were the work of the league & refs…… the DB playing made no difference…..

  7. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:46 am
    Nothing like being torched by Nick Foles to make you more “comfortable.”
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    I get that you are just trying to troll. But Philly attacked Eric Rowe with Butler out. Stephon Gilmore held his ground. Brady torched Philly’s defense more than Foles torched the New England. The Eagles won, I don’t think in May of 2018 people forgot. We get what your are doing non-Patriots fan in a Patriots article with a lot to say like you can’t get Patriots out of your mind and mouth. Perhaps finding something to like instead of something to hate may improve your quality of life. You really are taking this out of context. Any second year player is going to feel more comfortable on the team. God Bless have a great day.

  8. He played really well from October 1 on. NE’s D led the NFL in points allowed from that point on.

    Over an 8 game stretch, they allowed an average of 11.87 points per game which is an incredible number in this era.

    The injuries simply piled up and it was just too much late in the year, in particular the SB.

    If healthy this year, which usually, when they sustain a rash of injuries in one season, the next they are healthy, this D will be loaded.

    They have an entire draft class from last year to combine with this year’s class, and have added some excellent key pieces like Danny Shelton at DT and McCourty at CB.

    Jon Jones (underrated player) returns and the mystery of Cyrus Jones gets one more shot at it. Adrian Clayborn just needs to get used to taking less snaps than usual and to produce as a multiple front pass rusher, hopefully with Derek Rivers chipping in as well.

    Marquise Flowers, who [played very well, will be even better with Hightower back in that McClellin role with that great speed and athleticism.

    Should be interesting, but boy oh boy are the haters in for a very rude awakening.

    Pats have unfinished business in Atlanta this year.

  9. higheriqthanyou says:
    May 3, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Should have played Butler.

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    A mental breakdown during the anthem, lack of trust of the coaches and his own teammates, and a 103 passer rating against, says NO.

  10. EJ says:
    May 3, 2018 at 8:13 am
    Gilmore is a slouch. He was a slouch in Buffalo and he’s a slouch in New England. He is consistently being beat on routes he should have locked down. He was drafted as a number one corner and brought to New England as a number one. Yet he is beat left and right by receivers making 1/16th the money. A bum… an overpaid & over hyped bum.

    4 25 Rate This

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    I am sorry your a fan of the Buffalo Bills. I really am. Your stadium blows, your owner blows, your Gms and Coaches have blown.

    That’s simply not Gilmore’s fault.

    He played very well once settling in last year. Little did we know how poorly Butler was going to play all jealous of Gilmore’s #1 CB status in the league.

  11. weepingjebus says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:51 am
    Ugh. This guy made one good play the entire season at the end of the Jax game, and that shouldn’t even have been necessary if he’d played just mediocre football the preceding 59 minutes. The rest of the time he looks like a loose shutter just flapping in the wind.

    5 18 Rate This

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    Simply isn’t true. And, when I read more and more from Mike Giardi about Butler, it was Butler who sabotaged

    The body language and finger pointing early in the season was a reflection of Butler going astray, not Gilmore. It all makes sense now and now Butler is Tenn’s big, expensive, long term problem to the tune of the next 3 seasons, past age 30, on average of 10 mil per.

    The Titans will see. When an ego explodes, it never bodes well.

    Butler is in no way shape or form a #1 lockdown corner in this league. It’s very disappointing that his behavior corrupted the team’s goals.

  12. Gilmour played like a Pro Bowler the last half of the yr, after he got out of Buffalo and got some decent coaching. With a yr in the system, he should be even better. Glad the Pats have him.

    As for the trolls, people seem to forget that Philly, with their backup QB, also destroyed the #1 D in the NFL, in both pts and yrds, 2 wks earlier(38 pts, 456 yrds) in the NFCCG. A good, well coached offense that got on a roll at the right time.

  13. Can’t wait to see him pick off Sam Darnold multiple times in a game.

  14. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:46 am
    Nothing like being torched by Nick Foles to make you more “comfortable

    Except he didn’t get torched.
    During the SB when in man coverage he allowed 1 cart for 7 yards on 8 attempts at the we he was covering

    And like the other comments said from the time they played the Bucs on he was very good

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 11:20 am
    He played really well from October 1 on. NE’s D led the NFL in points allowed from that point on.

    Over an 8 game stretch, they allowed an average of 11.87 points per game which is an incredible number in this era.

    The injuries simply piled up and it was just too much late in the year, in particular the SB.

    If healthy this year, which usually, when they sustain a rash of injuries in one season, the next they are healthy, this D will be loaded.

    They have an entire draft class from last year to combine with this year’s class, and have added some excellent key pieces like Danny Shelton at DT and McCourty at CB.

    Jon Jones (underrated player) returns and the mystery of Cyrus Jones gets one more shot at it. Adrian Clayborn just needs to get used to taking less snaps than usual and to produce as a multiple front pass rusher, hopefully with Derek Rivers chipping in as well.

    Marquise Flowers, who [played very well, will be even better with Hightower back in that McClellin role with that great speed and athleticism.

    Should be interesting, but boy oh boy are the haters in for a very rude awakening.

    Pats have unfinished business in Atlanta this year.

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    Lmaooooooo. You’re making it sound like they were missing Ronnie Lott, Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor. They were torched at full strength by Alex Smith, Deshaun Watson and Cam Newton.

  16. Gilmore’s best play in the SB was when he tackled Jeffrey at like the 5 before the ball got there. It turned into a pick when Jeffrey couldn’t get his hand lose from Gilmore’s grip or the Eagles might have put up 50. It was the only way to stop Nicky 6

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