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Stephon Gilmore's confidence on full display in Deion Sanders interview

Stephon Gilmore's confidence on full display in Deion Sanders interview

The New England Patriots' silent assassin is starting to speak his mind.

Stephon Gilmore tallied four pass breakups and two interceptions -- one of which he returned for a touchdown -- in the Patriots' 34-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Gilmore's dominant performance strengthened his case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year -- and caught the eye of Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, who called him up Monday on NFL Network.

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Gilmore usually lets his play do the talking, but the All-Pro cornerback's quiet nature belies a confidence that came through in his interview with Sanders.

"I feel good. It's year eight: I've seen a lot of football," Gilmore told Sanders. "I'm studying, and I'm covering the best guy every week. So, I'm in a rhythm.

"I'm just daring the quarterback to throw at me, and I'm just trying to make them pay."

Gilmore admitted after Sunday's game he knew what routes the Bengals were running on both of his interceptions. He certainly made Cincinnati pay, limiting Bengals wideouts to just two receptions on the six balls Andy Dalton threw his way. (We're looking at you, Tyler Boyd...)

"I'm studying the offensive coordinator, I'm studying the receiver I'm going against, and I'm believing what I'm seeing," Gilmore said.

"When you do those things, you prepare each and every week and you're going against the best guy, you know they've got to throw at you. And you study, and you make them pay when they throw at you."

The Patriots' defense has been historically good for the majority of the 2019 season, and while New England typically preaches a team-first attitude, Gilmore told Sanders he feels responsible for leading the unit.

"I put that on my shoulders," Gilmore said. "Every week playing against the best guy, you've got to really focus. ... Being in tight coverage, I've got to be in great shape, and that's my thing: I'm just trying to make them pay each and every play."

The results have been undeniable, as opposing quarterbacks have a laughably low 12.2 passer rating when targeting Gilmore this season, per The Athletic's Jeff Howe.

That's plenty enough evidence for Gilmore to talk that talk.

Antonio Brown apologizes, begs for forgiveness in latest plea to return to NFL

Antonio Brown apologizes, begs for forgiveness in latest plea to return to NFL

It looks like Antonio Brown is making a final plea to re-join the NFL, possibly with the New England Patriots. 

In his latest Instagram post (which is lengthy) Brown apologizes to everyone he hurt over the past year or so, including his friends, family and anyone he offended. Tom Brady, of course, liked the photo and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders commented with the goat emoji. 

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First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended. I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.

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Earlier this week, Sanders guaranteed the Patriots would be getting help in the receiver department. While former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has tweeted some interesting things lately alluding to possibly joining the Patriots, could Sanders be talking about him or Brown? 

The 31-year-old's apology doesn't guarantee him a spot on an NFL roster, but with this latest post, he could be clearing the way for a possible comeback soon. Or it's just AB being the same old AB with yet another social media post? Probably the latter. 

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Was Deion Sanders referring to Dez Bryant joining Patriots in coming weeks?

Was Deion Sanders referring to Dez Bryant joining Patriots in coming weeks?

Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders made a rather interesting guarantee earlier this week that the New England Patriots would be getting some help in the next few weeks. 

The question is, how reliable is his take? A rather interesting pair of social media posts from former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant could shed some light on what Sanders was referring to. 

Will the 31-year-old make his NFL comeback with the Patriots? He cryptically tweeted that he may receive some big news in the coming weeks, which is synonymous with Sanders' take.

He also responded "maybe lol" to an Instagram comment which stated "He's going to the Pats. Confirmed. Mark it."

What's even more interesting is that in November he tweeted that he didn't want to be a starter, he'd rather contribute off the bench. Though he hasn't played in the NFL in two years, he could be a veteran target for Tom Brady and New England, who have Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, Phillip Dorsett and N'Keal Harry on the receiver depth chart.  

Sanders lobbied for Bryant's return to the Cowboys in 2018, so Deion could be doing it again for Dez, this time with the Patriots.

Bryant has 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns over his eight-year NFL career. 

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