Frank Reich: Stephon Gilmore is definitely challenging us all to get better

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While the Colts’ most notable offseason addition was quarterback Matt Ryan, the team also made some significant moves to improve its defense.

One such signing was cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The 2019 defensive player of the year, Gilmore signed a two-year deal with the Colts in mid-April. Gilmore has played just 19 games over the last two seasons, dealing with a quad injury in New England. The Patriots traded him to the Panthers last October and he recorded a pair of interceptions in eight games with three starts.

But Gilmore has been turning heads in this year’s training camp. According to multiple dispatches from Sunday’s Colts practice, Gilmore got a pick-six off of Ryan in 7-on-7 drills.

“I can just tell you from a quarterback’s perspective, he’s the kind of cornerback you fear because [of the] way he sees the game,” head coach Frank Reich said in his Sunday press conference. “He knows what’s coming before it’s coming. He’s so quick to recognize routes, concepts, and then he has the ability to make plays on the ball and turn it over. That’s what we’ve seen from start to finish.

“Love him. Love the player, love the person, love how he’s fitting in with this team. I really feel like he’s helping our defense and helping our secondary to kind of elevate it to a new level for us.”

Reich added that Gilmore’s presence has also benefitted the team’s receiving corps.

“[T]hat is just a universal principle, right? The more you are challenged, the harder it is and the more you have to figure out how to win,” Reich said. “This game ultimately — like we always say — comes down to one-on-one matchups and how am I going to win my one-on-one matchup? So, when you go up against a guy like Gilmore, you’re just challenged.

“Half the time he knows what you are doing and you still have got to find a way to win. So, I think the receivers have been doing a decent job at that and we won our shares versus ‘Gilly’, but he’s definitely challenging us all to get better.”

5 responses to “Frank Reich: Stephon Gilmore is definitely challenging us all to get better

  1. BB have away a recent DPOY for virtually nothing. Just Bill playing chess again!

  2. nhpats2011 says:
    August 8, 2022 at 9:25 am
    BB have away a recent DPOY for virtually nothing. Just Bill playing chess again!

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    I think that was an unfortunate situation where everyone knew his quad wasn’t going to let him play at the expected level for a few years. He’s probably back to what he was now, but Bill didn’t want to pay him for what he was going to get in 2021. Maybe he should have.

  3. I think that was an unfortunate situation where everyone knew his quad wasn’t going to let him play at the expected level for a few years. He’s probably back to what he was now, but Bill didn’t want to pay him for what he was going to get in 2021. Maybe he should have.

    Nah. Gilmore didn’t play at a level for the Panthers that told us Bill was wrong, and when has Bill ever not patched together a secondary from anyone and made it work. It’s the same with losing Jackson. Team is better with either of them but it’s not a devastating loss. The real test of that defense will be the LBs, the old and slow guys are all gone and what they have now is new. Let’s see what happens.

  4. The Colts are flying under the radar a bit, but I expect that team to be very competitive. It’s a good fit for Ryan and he could have a real resurgence there.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they ended up as one of the top seeds in the AFC.

  5. billsrthefuture says:
    August 8, 2022 at 11:57 am
    The Colts are flying under the radar a bit, but I expect that team to be very competitive. It’s a good fit for Ryan and he could have a real resurgence there.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they ended up as one of the top seeds in the AFC.


    All depends on Taylor. Taylor literally is the Colts.

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