New England Patriots Patriots Talk: Stephon Gilmore Press Conference Share Tweet Published 8 months ago on May 15, 2017 By stephenhilton Patriots Talk: Stephon Gilmore Press Conference Much has been in discussion about the Patriots this off-season. Free agency, trade rumors and of course the NFL Draft. One of the shocks was of course [Cornerback] Stephon Gilmore from the Buffalo Bills. Last week, he was in a discussion with the media and went into detail about his place on the team. It was revealed that Gilmore will be wearing the No.24 in 2017 (same number he wore in Buffalo). He had talked with fellow [cornerback] and rookie Cyrus Jones to acquire the number. Previous players who have worn the No.24 were Patriots Hall of Famer, Ty Law and Super Bowl XLIX champion (former New York Jet) Darrelle Revis. “I just always wanted the number, That’s what number a lot of guys I looked up to wore so that’s one number that I always loved.” Gilmore said former Denver Bronco [cornerback] Champ Bailey was one of his favorite players while growing up. Bailey was a 1st Round pick, 7th overall in the 1999 NFL Draft and was a 12 time Pro-Bowler and was voted to the 2000s All-Decade Team at Cornerback. Needless to say, he picked a very good player to admire as Bailey will be eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot in 2020. Stephon Gilmore "just always wanted the number" 24. Says he looked up to Champ Bailey and other 24s. pic.twitter.com/nLEsHyCW0Z — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) May 11, 2017 Building The Secondary While it seemed rather sudden that Gilmore wanted the number from Cyrus, he likely was alright with the decision. After coming off a horrifying rookie campaign last year (especially on special teams), Jones likely wants a new fresh start after a rocky rookie season. (his new number will be No. 41). There is alot of pressure on Gilmore to prove himself worthy of his big payday and many will be looking at him coming into next season. However, the concern among many was how Gilmore’s signing would effect relations with [cornerback] Malcolm Butler. He has been the best cornerback for the team for the past two seasons and could signed have signed an extension around $6-7 million a year but according to sources, Butler’s agent and him wanted $10 million. This whole situation with Gilmore made others believe that Butler would demand for a trade which almost came to be with the New Orleans Saints. He even had a visit with the Saints and they had reached an agreement for a four-year contract that was worth $50 million. The Saints were willing take a huge cap hit for Butler the deal was never finalized since Butler was a restricted free agent and they never came close to offering the Patriots a large enough draft capital to consider the deal during the draft. (The Patriots potentially wanted the Saints 11th overall pick to start but the Saints wouldn’t budge on that) Stephon Gilmore is ready to team up with Malcom Butler and build a top-notch #Patriots secondary https://t.co/eDzthP4YWS by @jeffphowe pic.twitter.com/A93u0mXzH9 — Sean Leahy (@leahysean) May 11, 2017 This means Butler is staying and likely will remain the Patriots No.1 Cornerback. (Gilmore will likely fill in for Logan Ryan as No.2 Cornerback) The questions surrounding Butler’s situation will not likely be answered till the 2017 season is finished. Is there a chance for a contract extension? Most definitely, but its unknown if the two parties will come to the same conclusion. It’s never wise to assume anything when it comes to Bill Belichick obviously. Even the very last scenario can’t be dismissed, but this isn’t something Gilmore can do anything about. The only thing thing that either Butler or Gilmore can do is work on their teamwork as a two man duo. “I know [Butler]’s a talented player, but I just try to stay in my lane and handle the things I can handle. It’s a competitive group so I’m looking forward to it. “(Butler) just competes no matter what. He just competes to the end of the play. I mean, all the guys do in the secondary, so that’s one thing that stuck out to me.” Despite their differences, I feel that the Patriots’ secondary for the upcoming season will be something to watch out for. Related Topics:New England PatriotsPress ConferenceStephon Gilmore Up Next Patriots Talk: Tom Brady and The Madden Curse Don't Miss Patriots QB Tom Brady Could Play Past Age 45 And What Title 6 Would Mean stephenhilton Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL. Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Patriots Talk: The Rift Within The Patriots Is Overblown Patriots Talk: Terry Glenn’s Autopsy Discovers Multiple Substances NFL Talk: Wild Card Recap and Divisional Playoffs Patriots Talk: James Harrison’s Decision Was An Easy One NFL Week 17 Picks NFL Week 16 Picks New England Patriots Patriots Football Talk: Blowout in Foxborough Published 3 days ago on January 14, 2018 By Christian Bullock It was another cold January night at Gillette Stadium. But on the field what we saw was an Offense on fire. The Patriots were playing their, now annual, AFC Divisional Playoff Game. Yes, that’s right they do this every year! They have won their Division 9 Straight Times. They have earned a 1st Round Bye 8 straight times. And they have played in the AFC Conference Game, ah hem, now 7 straight times. Yes it has been quite a run. In Saturday Night’s Game against Tennessee, the Patriots, showed some of the best that the Team had to offer. As you can see by the title of this post, it was a blowout. One for the history books! Let’s get right into the play by play action. Ok, so it was cold, we know that; but did you see the “Scuba Suit” that Tom Brady was wearing? Yeah he came prepared to play all 60 Minutes. Now the Patriots got the ball first at Kickoff and they only had one 1st Down before they had to Punt it. It was a slow start before the “Fireworks”. On their next possession Brady just missed an open Rob Gronkowski. It would have been a big play if Brady didn’t throw it at his shoelaces. He was wide open and uncovered at the line of scrimmage. You could tell right then and there that the Titan’s Defense had some communication problems. As Tony Romo commented: “They looked discombobulated.” Then the longest Drive allowed by the Patriots came. The Titans went 95 Yards down the field from their own end zone to score. It was a Touchdown pass by Marcus Mariota to Corey Davis [7-0]. The long Drive ate up most of the clock of the 1st Quarter. And the Titans looked strong. But man oh man, did they “awaken a sleeping Dragon.” The fire was lit under the Patriots and they responded with a huge 2nd Quarter. They went down the field with several heroic plays by Dion Lewis. Then James White came in for a 5 Yard pitch and catch TD [7-7]. 3 Minutes and 37 Seconds later James White would score another TD, this time on the ground [14-7]. White would end up having 3 Carries for 11 Yards with a Rushing TD, and 4 Receptions for 29 Yards with a Receiving TD. It was just some excellent “Hurry Up” Offense. See the Patriots knew that the Titans were using the same Defensive Line. And as Tony Romo noted throughout the game, they were getting worn out and tired. The “No Huddle” Offense proved to be New England’s best weapon against a strong Defensive Line. Later in the 2nd Quarter Brady threw a 4 Yard TD to Chris Hogan [21-7]. Once again Dion Lewis was a huge factor in the Drive. Lewis would wind up with 15 Carries for 62 Yards and 9 Receptions for 79 Yards. Another stellar game for him. The Pats wanted to score again before the Half but Steven Gostkowski missed a 53 Yard Field Goal. Let’s face it, it was difficult to make in these conditions. The Patriots would show an impressive Defense in the 2nd Half. They would go on to Sack Mariota 8 times for the game. One of those huge Sacks came on Tennessee’s first possession. It was just what the Patriots needed. A stop, to get their Offensive Juggernaut back on the field. They would end up scoring again on a 2 Yard TD Rush by Brandon Bolden [28-7]. One of the key play makers of the Team was Danny Amendola. Who had 13 Targets 11 Receptions for 112 Yards. He was sensational! Then towards the end of the 3rd Quarter Brady threw to Rob Gronkowski for a 5 Yard Touchdown [35-7]. Gronk would get targeted 9 times with 6 Receptions for 81 Yards with a TD. It was now “officially” a blowout! Tennessee would score another touchdown but it was in “garbage time”, ie at the end of the game. [35-14] was the final score and with that the Patriots moved on to their next opponent Steelers/Jaguars for AFC Championship at 3:05 pm next Sunday. Tom Brady had a heck of a game, going 35-53 Passes for 337 Yards with 3 TDs. He is now the oldest player to win a NFL Playoff Game, at age 40. And with this win it became New England’s 26th Playoff Win out of 35 Playoff Appearances. Wow what a great number, 35! Congrats Pats! I can’t wait to watch you next week! Continue Reading New England Patriots Patriots Talk: The Rift Within The Patriots Is Overblown Published 4 days ago on January 13, 2018 By stephenhilton New England Isn’t Fazed By This News Talking about this subject reminds me of how Deflategate, SpyGate, and many other news reports seemingly jumped on the Patriots. In fact, some reports have been very mixed about the latest ‘bombshell’ from ESPN’s Seth Wickersham. On one hand, the piece goes over many details that come from sources that aren’t named. The writer for the article, Wickersham, has done pieces like this before regarding the NFL. He has been a senior writer for ESPN for years now. Wickersham has stood by his sources in a radio interview he did last week: I think the reporting process in a story like this has to remain as confidential as possible. I was as transparent as I could be in the story. Transparency is one thing but the thing here is that he had gotten this story from multiple sources inside the Patriots organization, ranging from staffers, coaches and even players. However, by not naming the people involved in this report, you also will be criticized because many will suggest you are making these up. But criticizing the writer is not the topic of this article. It’s to report that this is all been blown way out of proportion. To the point, that some writers have stated they believe Belichick will coach the New York Giants next season due to Robert Kraft interfering in the Jimmy Garopollo trade last October. Who Is Stuck In The Middle? Here is where I believe that article is right and wrong. The writer is correct in that the Patriots had some serious decisions to make regarding the Garropolo trade but that was not even close to the main issue. Many have gone as far to suggest that Kraft had made this decision personal which Kraft has denied and called ‘total fabrication and fiction’ multiple times since the report was released. When he was asked about the trade deadline and Jimmy G, Kraft told Peter King of Sport Illustrated: I assumed once the season started, we’d talk again at the end of the season about it. The next time I spoke with Bill about it was the Monday before the trade deadline. Bill asked me if I was OK with this. I was really taken aback a little bit. I wanted to think about it. I talked to Jonathan, who was okay with it, and I called Bill back and said, ‘OK.’ The ESPN article was mainly centered around owner Robert Kraft, Had Coach Bill Belichick and star Quarterback Tom Brady. The three have filed a joint statement regarding this article, staying they are ‘united.’ Joint statement from Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady: pic.twitter.com/i555gWZIi6 — New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 5, 2018 But one of the most interesting sides to this story, is regarding Tom Brady’s personal trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero. From ESPN:’ New players felt the surest way to earn Brady’s trust was to join Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and others by seeking advice from Guerrero at his TB12 clinic — and not team doctors, which Belichick preferred … But according to multiple sources, players openly discussed with Patriots coaches, staff and trusted advisers whether to follow Brady or the team, leaving them trapped: Do we risk alienating the NFL’s most powerful coach or risk alienating the NFL’s most powerful quarterback? This right here is just way exaggerated. Brady and Belichick don’t let egos divide players, these are grown men, not children trying to please the teachers. They will follow what will best suit their interests and just follow the Patriots motto ‘Do Your Job.’ Simply, asking advice and ways to improve performance and seeing what will work shouldn’t have to be complicated unless you players are questioning their own life choices. How Much Is This True? Everyone outside of New England has been eager in seeing the Patriots finally falling off, but the latest reports claim that Brady, Kraft and Belichick will have a meeting with each other after the season is officially over. According NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport: But my understanding is [the marriage between Kraft, Belichick and Brady] is expected to continue past this season. First there is Bill Belichick, under contract for several more years and Belichick came out and said he absolutely believes he’ll be the Patriots coach next year and from what I understand I don’t see any situation where Robert Kraft allows anything besides that. Then there is Tom Brady. Of course, he is also under contract, he is never getting traded from the Patriots he is going to retire there, so it’s really on these three guys to come together after the season, figure it out and move forward. So by all accounts, Belichick is not likely leaving because of what he has built in New England, Brady is still under contract till 2019, and Kraft isn’t suddenly handing the reigns to his son Jonathon Kraft, President of The Kraft Group. So this story will contnued to be addressed but don’t expect this story to hurt the PAtriots moral. At this point, the team is just focused on beating the Tennessee Titans at home on Saturday’s matchup at 8:15 PM EST. Continue Reading New England Patriots Patriots Talk: Terry Glenn’s Autopsy Discovers Multiple Substances Published 4 days ago on January 13, 2018 By stephenhilton Reports Show Alcohol and Marijuana In His System It’s been almost three months since the news of Terry Glenn’s death hit the NFL like a storm. We see deaths everyday outside of sports but his death unexpected. He had been out of football for almost a decade and he died at the young age of 43. Terry Glenn died on Nov. 20th of last year in a fatal car accident on a highway in Irving, Texas. At the time, there was some hesitation in the report due to the fact that the report was coming from TMZ Sports. However, multiple reports have come forward that verify that the autopsy report was accurate. According to the report, Glenn had an blood alcohol level of .165, which is twice the legal limit to drive. On top of that, they found traces of marijuana in his system. This would have contributed to his losing control on the highway that resulted in his death. His passing has been one that has seemingly been forgotten as Glenn is now buried in Dallas, Texas. His public memorial was held at the Friendship West Baptist Church on December 1st, 2017. He played for 12 seasons in the NFL, he played for the New England Patriots from 1996 till 2001. Glenn is survived by his fiancee, Verina LeGrand, his mother Denetta Glenn, his four sons; Terrance Jr., Christian, Tatum, Greyson; three daughters, Natalie, Samantha and Vanessa; two stepdaughters, Paxstyn and Vyviene; his sister, Dorothy; and most of his extended family from Ohio and across the country. Continue Reading Most Popular New England Patriots6 days ago Patriots Football Talk: AFC Playoff Contenders Vs New England Editorial6 days ago Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Prepare for Titans New England Patriots4 days ago Patriots Talk: Terry Glenn’s Autopsy Discovers Multiple Substances Editorial3 days ago Connelly’s Top Ten – Another Treat! New England Patriots4 days ago Patriots Talk: The Rift Within The Patriots Is Overblown New England Patriots3 days ago Patriots Football Talk: Blowout in Foxborough New England Patriots5 days ago Five Thoughts Heading Into To Patriots vs Titans Editorial3 days ago Connelly’s Top Ten – On to the Jaguars!