Stephon Gilmore won't back down if he draws Brandin Cooks: 'I feel like I can run with everybody'

Ryan Hannable
January 26, 2019 - 9:17 am
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FOXBORO -- All-Pro Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore wouldn't reveal Friday who he will be matched up against in Super Bowl LIII, but if it's Brandin Cooks, he appears up for the challenge.

In his first season with the Rams, Cooks finished the regular season with 80 catches for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns. The wide out has tremendous speed, which is major reason for him averaging 15.1 yards per catch.

“He’s got elite speed,” Gilmore said Friday. “He’s one of the fastest guys in the league. He’s where he’s at for a reason. He’s been putting in the hard work, and he’s had a good season.”

But, that doesn't mean he doesn't think he could hang with him.

“I feel like I can run with everybody,” said Gilmore.

Gilmore is one of the most soft-spoken players on the entire team, but speaking at the podium, fellow cornerback Jason McCourty put it best: he does his loudest talking on the field.

"He does his talking on the field and it’s very, very loud," he said. "As you can see throughout the course of this season, as a defense, we’ve leaned on him a lot to do a lot. He’s shown up each and every Thursday, Monday or Sunday – whichever day – and has performed at peak levels. Like you said, he’s a soft-spoken guy but the more you talk to him, the more you get out of him. He’s one of those type of guys.

"He doesn’t even let guys catch the ball in walkthrough. That’s kind of his mindset and his demeanor. He goes out there, he takes the field and his one job is to shut whoever he’s guarding down and that’s something that he’s done on a week-in, week-out basis for us this season."

Gilmore sure did as he was named to the Pro Bowl and as the Patriots' lone representative as a first-team All-Pro.

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