Stephon Gilmore reacts to being called best cornerback in NFL

Ryan Hannable
September 18, 2019 - 5:50 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey said Tuesday there “ain’t no argument” about who is the best cornerback in the league and many assumed he was referring to himself.

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But, that doesn't appear to be the case, according to Jets coach Adam Gase.

He seems to believe it is Stephon Gilmore.

"I mean he's probably the best corner in the league," Gase said on a conference call Wednesday. "Just the fact of, if he's one-on-one, he's very difficult to get open on. He has a very good knowledge of the game. He understands splits, he understands break points, he understands stems and things like that, that really make it challenging for any receiver. But as a play-caller, you're aware of that and just have to understand that he's playing chess while everybody else is playing checkers. He's really, especially the past couple years, he's playing at an extremely high level."

Speaking in the Patriots locker room after the comments were made, Gilmore was asked of Gase's comments.

“It’s a big compliment, but you kind of have to shift your focus to what you have to do this week to be successful and I try and be consistent each and every week and do whatever I can to help the team win and make plays for my team," he said.

But, does he believe he's the best corner the the NFL?

“I don’t know. I will let everyone else have their opinion," he said. "I am confident in myself each and every play. I try and work hard each and every day to be successful on the field.”

While he wouldn't come out and say it, he did say it's a goal of his.

“You want to be the best, but you have to put the work in to be the best," Gilmore said. "I try and do that each and every week and I’ll let y'all make that comment.”

Gilmore was named to his first Pro Bowl last season.

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