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Stephon Gilmore wasn't surprised when he heard boos from Bills fans

Ryan Hannable
December 04, 2017 - 9:47 am

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When Stephon Gilmore's name was announced Sunday, Bills fans let him hear how they felt as boos rained down on to the field.

Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots this offseason after spending the first five years of his career with the Bills.

"I'm not surprised," Gilmore said. "These fans, it is what it is. Maybe that's a good thing. They know what type of player I am, can make plays. But you have to ask them that. Maybe because I'm on the Patriots. It was different when I first pulled in, seeing everything. I had been here for five years, but when I stepped out on the field, I really don't know too many people over there because everybody's gone. They've got a good football team. They played us hard. Made plays on us sometimes, but we were able to make more plays than them."

The Bills appeared to want to score a touchdown against Gilmore late in the game, as they threw his way multiple times in goal-to-go situations. The cornerback, who was matched up with Zay Jones most of the game, didn't allow it to happen and finished allowing just two catches on six targets with two pass breakups.

"It felt good," Gilmore said. "I didn't want to let them score no points, so I was going to play aggressive and make plays. It feels great. It also feels better when you win. But I'm just happy we won. 10-2. Have to keep it going."

According to Pro Football Focus, over the last two weeks he allowed a passer rating of just 2.8, which is the second-lowest for any cornerback in the NFL over that time span. Furthermore, Gilmore has allowed 0.36 receiving yards per coverage snap over the last two games, while he had allowed 1.07 receiving yards per coverage snap up to that point.

Gilmore's better play is a major reason why the Patriots have won eight straight games and are holding opponents to just 11.9 points per game in that span.

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