The Patriots received a big lift yesterday. There has been uncertainties about what would be happening with cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Would he be playing for the Patriots in 2020? Could the Patriots package him in a big trade? Well now, it seems like we have some very positive news to report. Field Yates reported yesterday that Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore reported for training camp yesterday.
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore was present when team veterans reported to training camp, per source.
He will begin camp on PUP after a season-sending injury in 2020.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 22, 2021
Now this doesn’t mean it’s a 100% done deal yet. But honestly, this is a sign in the right direction.
Stephon Gilmore Coming to Patriots training camp Must Mean the Two Sides are Close to a Deal
Holding out is a very common thing for NFL players to do now a days. Nobody would blame Stephon Gilmore for skipping Patriots training camp until he got the contract he wanted. After all, the guy is a former Defensive Player of the Year. The Patriots defense looks to be majorly upgraded heading into the 2021 season. Gilmore is a big piece of that. I really believe if the two sides weren’t close to a deal, Gilmore would still be home training on his own. Gilmore is a classy guy and a true veteran. So maybe it’s a smokescreen that he’s arrived. Which leads to my next point.
Gilmore is on the PUP List
Even though Gilmore is at training camp, he is not ready to perform. Hence why he is on the PUP (Physically unable to perform) list. Gilmore finds himself on the PUP list with other notable Patriots players Chase Winovich and Jarrett Stidham. Keep in mind, Gilmore has been dealing with a quad injury that kept him sidelined for most of the 2020 season. The Patriots would be smart to bring him along slowly.
It’s good to see Stephon Gilmore at training camp. This is very important. Now let’s just get the deal done so we can stop worrying about it. The next important thing after the deal is complete? Make sure that quad is good to go. Going into his age 31 season, Stephon Gilmore doesn’t need anymore setbacks. Get him healthy, get him paid, and get him leading the Patriots defense in 2021!
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