Looking through the Bills roster this morning I found Stephon Gilmore’s name noticeably absent from the corner back grouping. After switching the roster listing to show the players in alphabetical order by name I finally found him listed as a defensive back. Gilmore is no stranger to the added responsibility the position demands as it was the position he played throughout his entire career at South Carolina.
DB is a natural fit for the 2nd year starter and it should prove to be a smart move for both his career and the defense’s options to attack the ball. With the defense’s new approach of disguising our looks against opponents that heavily relies on player versatility and them substituting in foreign positions to mask our attack, the move makes plenty of sense and should prove to quite successful .
The switch to DB will expand Gilmores role on the field and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a few chances to run in on the quarterback and register a sack or 2 this year. In his 3 years at South Carolina Gilmore had 7 sacks on top of 15 tackles for a loss, which means he can be so much more than just the best corner back on our team.
Gilmore was on a lot of people’s radar to have a breakout season this year before he suffered a broken wrist in the 3rd preseason game against Washington and was ruled out 6-8 weeks. Even though he wont return until week 4 at the earliest I still believe it is reasonably possible for that to still happen. He has the passion and desire to be the best, and he is not going to let a broken wrist keep that from happening. One thing is for sure though and that is all of Bills nation will be ready for him to return when he is all healed up, so get well soon Stephon and Go Bills!