Stephon Gilmore had some early struggles this season with the Patriots. Bills fans – and players – loved it.
"My People finally going to get to see me play on tv. #Patsnation#aboutthattime," Gilmore tweeted in July before locking his account.
After he got torched in Week 1, then-Bills lineman Jerel Worthy tweeted this:
At least we got to see my dawg Gilmore on tv tho 🤷🏾♂️😂
— Jerel Worthy (@I_AM_Worthy99) September 8, 2017
Lately, though, Gilmore's play has improved. He has been the Patriots' best cornerback over the last month, according to the Providence Journal. Gilmore told the paper he doesn't mind critics and knows he'll always rise to the top in the end.
"Yeah, that comes with the position,” Gilmore said of criticism. "Anytime you’re playing corner, playing man-to-man, that one mistake you make everybody’s going to see it. I’m able to take that. I know how to take it and get better and better every game. I come out on top eventually."
Pats safety Duron Harmon praised Gilmore's work ethic through his performance and concussion struggles.
"When he did have his little problems at the beginning of the year, all he did, he didn’t make excuses, he just came to work each and every day and he worked hard at it," Harmon told the Journal. "He worked at it when he was dealing with his injury. I think it showed because as soon as he came back, we didn’t miss a beat. It just shows the type of person he is, the type of player he is, the type of competitor he is. I’m glad he’s my corner."
The analytics site Pro Football Focus ranks Gilmore 32nd among cornerbacks this year, which is good but not great ... which is probably about what we've thought about Gilmore all along. He ranked below Bills' second cornerback E.J. Gaines and one spot above former Bills' nickleback Nickell Robey-Coleman. Just don't ask Gilmore where Buffalo is.
Let's check out the PFF cornerback grades and hey would you look at that pic.twitter.com/skhbG2AuvP
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) November 27, 2017