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Patriots' Stephon Gilmore explains why he's the NFL's best cornerback

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore explains why he's the NFL's best cornerback

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is a soft-spoken person who often lets his on-field performance do the talking.

Gilmore was the only cornerback to earn an "elite" grade from Pro Football Focus last season, and he's off to another excellent start in 2019. His best game of the season so far was last Thursday night's win over the New York Giants. Gilmore was targeted six times and intercepted or broke up five of those passes.

The 28-year-old's play since the start of the 2018 campaign has earned him the label of the NFL's best cornerback from teammates, fans and many in the media. Gilmore typically isn't one to give himself that kind of praise, but he did explain why he's the league's best cornerback during an episode of Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy's YouTube show called "Elite Eats."

Here's the exchange from the Oct. 4 episode:

Van Noy: "Since you don't ever say you're the best corner in the league, would you say it on my show?"

Gilmore: "Yeah, I'll say that. Listen, I'm going to say this. I'm going to say it. A lot of guys say they're the best corner, but I feel like my job is harder each and every week because I have (the No. 1 wide receiver on the opposing team) everywhere he goes. I go to the slot. I go outside. I'm not bailing. I'm not scared. I'm in their face every snap. So, that proves my point. A lot of guys don't do that."

Gilmore has tallied two interceptions and eight passes defensed through the first six games of the season. Opposing quarterbacks have an awful 48.3 passer rating when targeting Gilmore in 2019.

The Patriots will play the rival New York Jets for the second time this season Monday night at MetLife Stadium. Gilmore likely will match up against Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, who failed to capitalize against the Patriots cornerback in Week 3, finishing with three receptions for 11 yards overall.

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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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