Patriots gridiron news: Stephon Gilmore earns Week 12 praise

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Stephon Gilmore
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Stephon Gilmore /

Following a first half filled with struggles, New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is finding his way in the secondary.

Stephon Gilmore has finally shown up for the New England Patriots and the timing couldn’t be better.

Following what appeared to be communication issues during the first half of the season, the highly paid cornerback appears finding his comfort in the secondary.

On Sunday, Gilmore did a good job locking up Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker on a key play to end the first half in which Gilmore pulled down an interception in the end zone.

The solid play, specifically the interception, earned Gilmore some praise from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on Monday.

"“I thought he had good leverage on the play,” Belichick told the media when asked about Gilmore’s interception.  “He did a good job when he kind of caught up to [DeVante] Parker on the route looking back for the ball and going up and making a play on it.  I thought he did a nice job of playing his responsibilities with good technique, good leverage and then just turned at the right time when he should have as he moved close to the receiver, to Parker.”"

At the right place at the right time, the play symbolized both improved communication and a high level of focus from Gilmore.

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 26: Stephon Gilmore
FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 26: Stephon Gilmore /

Overall, the $65 million and the entire secondary did a good job on a pretty dangerous group of skilled receivers.  For that, Belichick complemented the group for their competitive play throughout the game.

"“I thought our entire secondary covered competitively against a very good group of receivers,” Belichick continued.  “It varied from play to play on who had who.  I don’t know.  I haven’t statted up who covered who the most, but it varied from [play to play].  Situations were different.”"

With more injuries along the front seven, the New England Patriots will rely on the strong play of their secondary going forward.  Stephon Gilmore will play a major role in how productive this group will and can be in the next stretch of games. 

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