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Charles Woodson believes Stephon Gilmore could have won Super Bowl MVP

Charles Woodson believes Stephon Gilmore could have won Super Bowl MVP

Stephon Gilmore has solidified himself as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks -- and earned some pretty impressive endorsements along the way.

The latest praise for the New England Patriots cornerback comes from former NFL star Charles Woodson, who in a roundtable of legendary defensive backs singled out Gilmore as a player he loves to watch.

Woodson admitted he was down on Gilmore when he came to New England from the Buffalo Bills in 2017. But the veteran cornerback has impressed Woodson ever since -- especially in Super Bowl LIII, where Woodson said Gilmore delivered an MVP-like performance.

"I thought the way he played and the way he showed out in that Super Bowl -- he could have been the Super Bowl MVP," Woodson said.

That honor went to Julian Edelman, who caught a game-high 10 passes for 141 yards. But there's a pretty strong case for Gilmore, who tallied an interception, a forced fumble and three pass breakups to help New England's defense dominate the Los Angeles Rams.

An endorsement from one of football's all-time great cornerbacks isn't a bad consolation prize, though.

Gilmore has picked up right where he left off this season, holding quarterbacks to a 47.1 percent completion rate when they target him in coverage. Not that Woodson is surprised.

"This year, I thought he's stepped his game up," Woodson added.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Ex-Patriots backup QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran to talk about a frustrated Brady, Colin Kaepernick's NFL comeback chances and Cassel's experience with the Dallas Cowboys.

3:30 - Tom Curran is joined by Matt Cassel to discuss Tom Brady's attitude following the Patriots win over the Eagles. Does he have the right to be so outwardly upset?

10:34 - It's easy to focus on what the Patriots haven't brought in to help Brady, but Tom and Matt talk about the three first-round picks in Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn and N'Keal Harry that were drafted specifically for the QB.

15:27 - A couple of former Patriots made headlines Tuesday, with Rob Gronkowski announcing his "Gronk Beach" plans for Super Bowl Sunday and Antonio Brown apologizing to Robert Kraft on social media.

20:40 - With Colin Kaepernick's workout now in the rearview, Tom and Matt discuss what they saw from him and wonder what the exposure actually did for the QB's chances of getting a job.

27:27 - Matt talks about his time with the Dallas Cowboys and gives us an insider's view of what it's like to play for Jerry Jones as opposed to Robert Kraft.

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Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

The New England Patriots worked out a defensive back on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Tre Sullivan, a former Philadelphia Eagles safety, played 12 games in 2018. The 24-year-old made 17 tackles, 12 solo, in his stint with Philadelphia. Sullivan played in college at Shepherd University in West Virginia, and was released by the Eagles over the summer. 

The workout comes after the Patriots have a need to fill three open practice squad spots following the departures of offensive tackle Dan Skipper, defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu and placing Obi Melifonwu on injured reserve.

New England also announced that they've placed Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve and have activated Isaiah Wynn. 

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