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Gilmore’s play at Tampa recognized

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2013 – 11:23 am

It’s been a long road back for Stephon Gilmore from wrist surgery, but his performance in Sunday’s loss might be his best game of the season.

ProFootballFocus thought so as they graded him out as a +4 in the game, often drawing Vincent Jackson as a coverage assignment. Here’s what they wrote about Gilmore’s performance.

Gilmore’s Best Game
It hasn’t been a great start to Stephon Gilmore’s NFL career, but he played his best game as a pro against the Bucs (+4.0). He allowed only one catch on five targets for 10 yards with an interception and pass deflection. The pick was a thing of beauty as he had perfect position on Vincent Jackson and out-jumped the big wide out to come down with the ball despite significant contact (Q2, 7.07). It’s not often that Jackson gets outmuscled for a downfield pass, but Gilmore did so and made the catch to boot. His pass deflection came in similar circumstances as he ran stride for stride downfield against a good route and then remained patient turning at the perfect moment to get his hands up for the bat down. Aside from the two big plays he forced another incompletion with close coverage but did give up a first down when he was called for holding in the fourth quarter. Gilmore’s only contribution in the run game was a tackle close to the line of scrimmage.


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