The New England Patriots are having a fine preseason thus far. They are 2-0 after defeating the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles, back to back. And they accomplished that without having Stephon Gilmore seeing any action on the field. When asked about the Gilmore, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made it clear that the cornerback will be utilized as soon as possible, per Phil Perry of NBC Boston.

Belichick in response to @tomecurran‘s question on if the Patriots need to see Stephon Gilmore on the field before games start: “I know that Steph’s been working extremely hard… He’s doing everything he can do… When he’s ready to be out there, he’ll be out there.”

Although Gilmore is with the team this offseason, he is not participating in practices and in the preseason action, as he continues to lobby for a new deal with the Patriots. Gilmore, who will be turning 31 in September, wants an extension contract. Under his current deal, he could be a free agent by the end of the 2021 NFL season. He will be earning $7 million in the coming season, but at his age, he’s certainly looking for long-term security.

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Gilmore is also on the PUP list after going under the knife last September to repair a quad injury that forced him to miss games in the 2020 season.