Stephon Gilmore: I like it when QBs come after me

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Giants quarterback Daniel Jones completed a pass to wide receiver Darius Slayton one the team’s first offensive play on Thursday night and that completion came with Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore in coverage.

Jones would look to receivers covered by Gilmore five more times over the course of the game, but there wouldn’t be any other completions. Gilmore would intercept one of the passes and tip the other in the air long enough for John Simon to account for another of Jone’s three interceptions on the night.

“He threw at me the first play,” Gilmore said, via NESN.com. “I’m like, ‘OK, it’s going to be this type of game.’ So, I was happy he kept throwing. Just keep making plays. . . . It’s fun. That’s what I like. So, any time he comes at me, I can make plays.”

The game continued a strong start to the season for Gilmore, who earned some praise from head coach Bill Belichick when Belichick was asked about Gilmore’s play at his postgame press conference.

“I mean, look, he’s a very talented player and works extremely hard to prepare for the game, study his opponents and study the passing game that our opponents are going to run,” Belichick said. “This is a good example here on a short week of how diligent he works and it paid off. He’s done a great job for us.”

Gilmore was a first-team All-Pro last season and the first six games of this season have laid the foundation for a second straight selection.

15 responses to “Stephon Gilmore: I like it when QBs come after me

  1. If the D keep this up it’ll barely matter that most of the starting offense are in the infirmary.

  2. george1859 says:
    October 11, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Really? You’re not that good stephon…
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    Actually he is but the Bills couldn’t see it.

    #theregoesanotherone

  3. Let’s see – he was targeted 6 times by Daniel Jones, gave up one catch for 9 yards, a passer rating of 0.0, had a pic, should have had a 2nd one and tipped a ball to a teammate for another one.

    And Revis described him last night as “by far the best DB in the game”.

  4. He had a shaky start when he first got to NE but he’s been improving ever since. Works hard, confident, no drama. Not sure how Buffalo let him go, but thanks for another one.

  5. pftreader69 says:
    October 11, 2019 at 9:52 am
    He had a shaky start when he first got to NE but he’s been improving ever since. Works hard, confident, no drama. Not sure how Buffalo let him go, but thanks for another one.
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    For some reason, NE brings out the best in the players they sign. It may be the “culture” but I think it’s more the work effort the BB expects from Patriots players. They know their next opponent and are able to negate most of that team’s offense. Belichick is allegedly a “genius” but the reality says that he’s just a superior motivator who treats all players the same.

  6. MaxwellAintSmart says:
    October 11, 2019 at 11:20 am

    pftreader69 says:
    October 11, 2019 at 9:52 am

    He had a shaky start when he first got to NE but he’s been improving ever since. Works hard, confident, no drama. Not sure how Buffalo let him go, but thanks for another one.
    ——————————————————————————-

    For some reason, NE brings out the best in the players they sign. It may be the “culture” but I think it’s more the work effort the BB expects from Patriots players. They know their next opponent and are able to negate most of that team’s offense. Belichick is allegedly a “genius” but the reality says that he’s just a superior motivator who treats all players the same.

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    Max makes a great point: notice that BB’s dry comments on Gilmore are no different than how he compliments opposing players.

    “Belichick is allegedly a ‘genius’ but the reality says that he’s just a superior motivator who treats all players the same.”

    He recognizes a player’s talent no matter who he plays for.

  7. “For some reason, NE brings out the best in the players they sign. It may be the “culture” but I think it’s more the work effort the BB expects from Patriots players. They know their next opponent and are able to negate most of that team’s offense. Belichick is allegedly a “genius” but the reality says that he’s just a superior motivator who treats all players the same.”

    Actually the reality is that coaching matters and Bill is the best. Example – fundamentals. Last years AFC Championship Dee Ford lines up offsides for a crucial mistake. Pats didn’t make that kind of fundamental mistake. Pats also have lowest % of missed tackles in the league this year, again emphasis on fundamentals.

    Bill also coaches and game plans to bring out player strengths and put them in the best place to succeed, changing his game plans up week to week, sometimes dramatically so. We see other coaches often say “We do what we do and we’re going to stick to that” or something along those lines.

    Coaching matters.

  8. Pass defense is easier when refs allow you to mug WRs. Watching that game, it was clear that there were different standards for Pats and Giants with pass interference.

    Belichick coaches his DBs to grab every single play knowing the refs will only call it a fraction of the time.

  9. What’s disappointing for me is that we never hear any new excuses from the haters. Now we’re back to the “they get all the calls” stuff. At least the guy who claimed that NE only wins because they play fewer teams coming off bye weeks had come up with a totally new ridiculous theory.

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