FOXBORO — This time last year, and each of the four Januarys prior to that, Stephon Gilmore was focused solely on spending time with family.
He would be coming off another lost season with the Bills, whose playoff drought reached its 17th consecutive year in the last season of his five-year tenure there. So now, the Patriots cornerback is excited for a new type of January schedule, one that will include his first trip to the postseason.
“You want to come somewhere coaches can put you in position to make plays,” Gilmore said of the lure of the Patriots. “There are a lot of great players on this team who I heard about, and it’s fun winning and being around some great guys. They help you play to the potential that you have.”
Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots last offseason. Obviously, the life-changing pact was enticing enough, but there was also the virtual guarantee that Gilmore would get a chance to perform on the biggest stage of his life. While the Bills went 36-44 in his time there and never to the playoffs, the Patriots went 62-18 in the regular season over that span, played in five AFC Championship Games and won two Super Bowls.
The impending playoff stage is also the reason the even-keeled cornerback hasn’t psyched himself up for a week from Saturday when the top-seeded Patriots host the divisional round at Gillette Stadium.
He is concentrating on the fundamentals rather than the broad spectrum.
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