The superstar of New England Patriots training camp has been Stephon Gilmore. He’s the No. 1 cornerback, he’s a team leader for the New England Patriots, and he’s the hero of the AFC Championship Game. Frankly, he may be the most talented and indispensable player on the defense.
That game-clinching play against the Jaguars is his signature moment with the Patriots. The picture of him floating in the air and batting the ball away from Westbrook with his right hand is an indelible memory in Patriots lore.
“We need those plays to be made. That fourth down (vs.) Jacksonville was huge,” said fellow cornerback Eric Rowe. “We really needed that .?.?. It was good to watch.” Asked the degree of difficulty on a play like that, Rowe called it “extremely hard.” “But he’s been doing it in practice,” said Rowe, “so it translates to the game. So we’re not surprised (when he does it).”Stephon Gilmore Jersey Gilmore says he’s taken flight and broken up other passes just like that while playing for Buffalo.
Gilmore has matched up with receivers who have different skill sets, staying with shiftier players like Julian Edelman while also shadowing bigger targets such as Cordarrelle Patterson. His deflection of a Tom Brady to Julian Edelman pass attempt in Saturday's practice was one of the plays of camp.