The timing was just right for New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Gilmore is set to make his return to Buffalo on Sunday, a place where he spent his first five years in the NFL. The Week 13 matchup couldn’t come at a better time for the cornerback, because Gilmore just so happens to be playing his best football of the season.
“You try to get better and better every game, try to make plays for your team to get the ball back to the offense,” Gilmore said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “It feels good to get better and learn what you can do to help the team win. It’s going to be a good experience going up there and playing. I was on that team for five years. It’s going to be a good experience.”
After struggling out the gate in New England, Gilmore is gaining his stride with his new team. The corner has amassed 28 tackles, 2 interceptions and 5 pass deflections this season. Over the last four games, quarterbacks have a 41.5 passer rating going against him.
The sixth-year cornerback is looking forward to returning to the city he used to call home. This time around he’ll be wearing different colors and playing at a level the Patriots expected him to play at when the team signed him to a $65 million deal.