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Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore likes it when quarterbacks come after him

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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is building a reputation as the best corner in the NFL, so he does not mind it when quarterbacks throw his way.

Like Thursday night against the New York Giants, for example.

Gilmore was targeted by the Giants eight times during the Patriots’ 35-14 win and allowed just one catch for eight yards. He also picked off rookie quarterback Daniel Jones once.

“It’s fun,” Gilmore said, according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com. “That’s what I like. So, any time he comes at me, I can make plays.”

Jones threw at Gilmore on the first play of the game and completed an eight-yard pass. After that, Gilmore shut it down.

“He threw at me the first play,” Gilmore said. “I’m like, ‘okay, it’s going to be this type of game.’ So, I was happy he kept throwing. Just keep making plays.”

As for why Jones kept throwing at arguably the best cover corner in the league?

“Yeah, I guess he didn’t know — or I don’t know,” Gilmore said. “It’s fun. You make them one-dimensional. Stop the run and make them throw it. It’s fun to be a cornerback, so that’s what I love.”

Amazingly enough, it wasn’t always this fun for Gilmore in New England.

The former Buffalo Bill signed a five-year deal with the Pats in March 2017, but his first season with the club was very disappointing, as he missed three games and was burnt almost regularly in coverage.

However, last year, Gilmore had the best season of his NFL career and earned a Pro Bowl selection and First-Team All-Pro honors.

Now, he may very well be the best cornerback in the game.