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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had an interception against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Patriots S Devin McCourty talks about CB Stephon Gilmore’s improvement

Jon Schlosser

There’s no doubt that New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has improved his game, and safety Devin McCourty, once a corner himself, has taken notice.

“He’s really played well for us the last couple of weeks. Going out there and shutting down people has been big for us,” said McCourty, per Mike Giardi of NBC Sports. “I’ve been telling him this since he got here: ‘You’re a good player and you’re going to keep playing good for us. Don’t worry about about what’s going on, what people are saying.’

“I think his confidence hasn’t swayed, and I think that’s been a big plus for him to just go out and keep playing.”

McCourty did admit that the cornerback position is very hard, especially when things are not going well.

“I kind of look at everything similar to when I played corner here,” McCourty said. “When you play corner, you already feel like you’re on an island by yourself, and then when it doesn’t go well, you’re like, ‘[shoot], I am by myself out here.’ It gives you a very resilient attitude. I’m just going make my plays.”

Gilmore himself agreed that the feeling of playing on an island can be daunting.

“Yeah, that comes with the position,” he said. “Anytime you’re playing corner, playing man-to-man, that one mistake you make, everybody’s going to see it. I’m able to take that. I know how to take it and get better and better every game. I come out on top eventually.”

It wasn’t the instant fit that many people projected, but it’s become clear that the move to bring in Gilmore was the right one for the Patriots. He’ll face his old team, the Buffalo Bills, on Sunday in an important AFC East game.