Stephon Gilmore was a good player in Buffalo, but since joining the Patriots he's become one of the best defensive players in the NFL, highlighted by winning the Defensive Player of the Year award last season.
Appearing on the Double Coverage Podcast Sunday night with Devin and Jason McCourty, Gilmore gave one reason why he's been able to be a better player in New England.
“Me in Buffalo, the first five years, I had four different defensive coordinators, three different head coaches, so I was kind of trying to learn each and every year," he said. "Once I got to New England, I got some consistency and the same guys around, same coaches. I feel like that is why my game took off more.”
Gilmore added: “It’s tough to get comfortable. You have to appreciate those things being in New England.”
Being one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Gilmore gets matched up against the best receivers each and every week. He said that helps him focus every single play.
“It is tough every week going against the best guy," he said. "(You can’t) have one play that you slack off. I try and focus on each and every play and try not to let my team down. Going in each and every week you know the ball is coming your way, that is the thing you do know because you’re covering the best guy. Sometimes being on another guy you know the ball might not come your way, but you still play hard. When you’re covering the best guy the ball can come to you every single play, so that is the thing that drives me each and every week.”
Gilmore, 29, is entering his fourth year with the Patriots.