Patriots Corner Stephon Gilmore Is Receiving High Praise From Teammates
Adding cornerback Stephon Gilmore this offseason was a splashy move that was expected to improve the New England Patriots defense. One of the questions was how will Gilmore fit into the Patriots defense, and according to one teammate, Gilmore is working hard and will fit right into the New England defensive scheme.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty had high praises for Gilmore following Wednesday’s minicamp session, and coming from the veteran leader of the secondary, that is quite the compliment.
“He’s been working hard,” safety and captain Devin McCourty said after Wednesday’s minicamp session. “He’s a smart guy. Obviously, you know he’s a good player from his time in Buffalo. But as a group, it’s been fun just out there meshing and getting to know each other. We’ve got a lot of our defense in right now, so working through that, and this time of year is key.
“You know, we start to work on communication, getting to know what guys like, what they don’t like. Getting him in here with the group that’s kind of played together has been good. I think he’s fit in very well, and it comes down to all of us just coming in, putting in the work each day. He’s done that.”
When talking about Gilm0re’s ability to pick up the complex system in New England, McCourty credited Rex Ryan’s defense up in Buffalo to helping Gilmore pick up Matt Patricia’s defensive playbook.
“He’s right on pace,” McCourty said. “I think we have a lot of our defense in. And to be able to take all of that in, be able to understand what to say … I think he’s fit in very well. He’s kind of picked up on all of that stuff. I’ve talked to him before about playing in Buffalo under Rex [Ryan]. He said it was a lot of complex things, a lot of communicating and talking. Stepping in, for him, I think it was just learning new verbiage and how to put that together.”
“We’re just working with different guys and trying to play together and get better every day,” he said.
Gilmore knows he has some catching up to do as other members of the secondary have more experience in New England than he does, but he’s confident he will be ready come time for training camp.
“It’s not hard,” he said. “You just gotta go out there and really study your playbook and take it to the field and try to be as perfect as you can be.”