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Stevie’s return to help young CBs

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2012 – 9:10 am

We’ve already passed along how much Stevie Johnson is looking forward to matching up with top pick Stephon Gilmore in practice when he makes his anticipated return next week at mandatory minicamp. In an interview with NFL Network, Johnson explained why his presence on the field will help make Gilmore a better corner.

“He’s been doing out there doing his thing,” said Johnson of Gilmore. “He’s actually a very good defensive back, he’s very smart out there on that corner. Just adding me out there is just going to make him even better. I’m not trying to say anything about myself, but just going against everyone and all of the different type of receiving styles we have is going to make him a better defensive player.”

The biggest reason Johnson’s game will help Gilmore’s is because the receiver’s technique is very unorthodox. It’s not based as heavily on precision and technique as improvisation and creativity.

“Stevie really has his own style in terms of running routes,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “His game will help those young corners because his unpredictable game is a challenge.”

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