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Gilmore-Davis matchup goes to Titans: 'He had a good day'

Gilmore-Davis matchup goes to Titans: 'He had a good day'

NASHVILLE -- Stephon Gilmore said a week ago that he doesn't want to get too ahead of himself placing himself near the top of the list of the league's corners this year.

He had teammates calling him the best in football after he shut down Davante Adams in last week's win over the Packers, but he didn't join them.

“You can't get caught up in last week," Gilmore said at the time. "No matter who you're going against this week, it starts over. You gotta really focus on each and every play, getting better. Going against somebody different this week, and I gotta prove myself this week."

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Against Corey Davis and the Titans, Gilmore took a step back. He was in zone coverage but closest to Davis when Davis pulled in a 24-yarder early. That was followed up by a 16-yarder and a 23-yard touchdown. Davis also reeled in a killer 20-yard grab on third-and-14 that extended a Titans drive ending with a Derrick Henry touchdown.

"He made some plays today," Gilmore said. "He stemmed me a little bit so he had a good day today."

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On the touchdown, which made it 14-3, Davis hit Gilmore with a stop-and-go move that got Davis a step on his defender. Mariota then dropped in a pinpoint throw for the score.

"Good throw. Good catch," Gilmore said. "Maybe I could've played it a little softer. I was right there. Good throw. Good catch. He made a good play."

Mariota entered the game with five touchdown passes in seven games on the season, but he added two more on 16-for-24 passing and 228 yards. Half of his throws went for 20 yards or more, despite the fact the Titans entered the game among the worst in the league at creating explosive plays. 

Mariota has dealt with a nerve issue in his hand since early this season, but on several throws it didn't keep him from being accurate down the field. 

"He's been able to make some throws down the field," Harmon said. "Obviously he's dealing with a nerve issue in the hand. But we knew what kind of quarterback he is. 

"Has been playing good football for four years now. We knew he could make all the throws. We just didn't do a good job of executing. Executing our calls. Executing our coverage. He made some good throws, but we knew he could make those good throws."  

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That he made a handful of those throws with Gilmore in coverage -- especially since Gilmore came into the game with a sub-47.0 quarterback rating since Week 3 -- was a surprise.

According to Pro Football Focus, Gilmore allowed six catches on eight targets in coverage of Davis for 98 yards and a score. 

"Learn from it," Gilmore said. "It's a copycat league. [Future opponents are] gonna try to scheme us, run the same routes against us, stuff like that. Learn from it. Get better. Move on."

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New England Patriots rank fourth all-time in compensatory selections

New England Patriots rank fourth all-time in compensatory selections

The compensatory selections for the 2019 NFL Draft were released on Friday afternoon and the New England Patriots were one of the teams to receive four selections. Only the Patriots, Washington Redskins, and Arizona Cardinals came away with four this year, and the Patriots were one of two teams to receive multiple third-round picks (the Los Angeles Rams were the other).

This marks the third time since 2010 that the Patriots were able to land the maximum four compensatory picks.

The Patriots have seemingly always invested more in draft capital than in top-notch free agents. It's part of their strategy. That's why it's unsurprising to see them near the top of the list in all-time compensatory picks.

Since compensatory selections came into existence in 1994, the Patriots have had the fourth-most of all-time with 39. They trail only the Ravens (50), Cowboys (42), and Packers (42), per Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams. Most notably, Tom Brady was selected with a compensatory pick in the 2000 NFL Draft (sixth round, 199th overall).

Moving forward, compensatory picks will have even more value for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. The reason? As of 2018, teams can now trade compensatory picks.

In the short-term, Belichick is now armed with 12 picks in the 2019 draft that are all tradeable. He will be able to move up and down the draft board with even more free will than usual. And this comes just a year after the Patriots made eight draft day trades.

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