Michael Carter of the Jets is tackled by J.C. Jackson of the Patriots in the first half as the New England Patriots played the NY Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on September 19, 2021.

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Patriots’ J.C. Jackson ‘shocked’ by Stephon Gilmore trade

New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson said his desire to improve his game has not changed since Stephon Gilmore was traded to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

“I still have the same mentality every day, and that’s to compete and get better,” Jackson said on Thursday.

Jackson admitted he was “shocked” by the Gilmore trade, noting that the All-Pro had served as a mentor to him since he joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland iin 2018.

Jackson referenced Gilmore’s demeanor and the way that he prepared to compete in each game.

“Just the mentality he had to go out and compete every week, facing the No. 1 receiver,” Jackson said. “He never got too high, never got too low. He just stayed focused and competed every week.”

Jackson, 25, has recorded 17 tackles and two interceptions in four games this season for New England (1-3), which visits the Houston Texans (0-4) on Sunday.

Jackson has 117 tackles and 19 interceptions in 49 career games with the Patriots.

Gilmore, 31, was the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He was in the final season of a five-year, $65 million deal signed with the Patriots in 2017. He had made it clear to the Patriots that he wanted to be among the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, but the two sides were unable to agree on a restructured deal.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) talks with a member of the Arizona Cardinals prior to the start of the game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots release All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore

The New England Patriots are releasing All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore after they could not reach a deal on a restructured contract.

Gilmore, 31, confirmed his departure in a tweet Wednesday morning.

“We enjoyed so much success together and you have been an incredible inspiration for my individual achievements,” Gilmore wrote to Patriots fans before continuing with his gratitude for the Patriots. “… To Mr. [owner Robert] Kraft, the coaches, and the organization thank you for providing me with this platform and allowing me to be part of greatness. Most of all I want to thank my teammates who lined up next to me every Sunday with one goal in mind.

“Those moments on and off the field will never be forgotten.”

Gilmore has been on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from surgery for a torn quad in December and was eligible to return for Week 7 action. Hovering over Gilmore and the Patriots, however, has been his desire for a reworked contract.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Gilmore was in the final season of a five-year, $65 million deal signed with the Patriots in 2017. He made it clear he wanted to be among the highest-paid cornerbacks.

Byron Jones of the Miami Dolphins is the top-paid cornerback at $16.1 million, according to Spotrac, with three others — Trae Waynes of the Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Haden of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jones’ teammate Xavien Howard — all earning more than $15 million annually.

Releasing Gilmore opens up $5.8 million in cap space, ESPN reported.

Gilmore now becomes a free agent, and the competition for the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year could be fierce.

Gilmore spent the first five seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills, who selected him No. 10 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. In 124 career games (122 starts), he has 411 tackles, one sack, six forced fumbles and three fumble records. He has intercepted 25 passes and returned them for 452 yards, including two touchdowns.

He won one Super Bowl with the Patriots, highlighted by an interception of a Jared Goff pass late in the game with the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII.

J.C. Jackson and Jalen Mills have been starting at cornerback for New England.

–Field Level Media

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore reportedly is holding out of mandatory minicamp.

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Report: Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore to open season on PUP list

The New England Patriots will open the season without cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List after being largely limited in preseason.

The designation means Gilmore must sit out at least the first six games of the season. He is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle and ended last season on injured reserve after 11 games.

Gilmore, who turns 31 in September, is scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in 2021, the final year of his current contract. He skipped the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp and has made it clear he’s seeking a new deal.

Gilmore, he 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was a first-team All-Pro in New England in 2018 and 2019.

The Patriots need to trim the roster to 53 by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. By adding Gilmore to the PUP list, he won’t count against that number.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) talks with a member of the Arizona Cardinals prior to the start of the game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore expresses contract frustration with tweet

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore wants to be paid like one of the best defensive backs in the NFL.

He said as much Tuesday with one two-word tweet.

CBS Sports tweeted a list of the 10 highest-paid defensive backs in the league, which now appears to have been deleted. Gilmore, who did not crack the list, quote-tweeted the list with the succinct message, “Oh ok.”

Gilmore, 30, skipped the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new deal. He is scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in 2021, the final year of his current contract. The Athletic reported that the Patriots and Gilmore have not made much progress on a new agreement.

Gilmore was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2018 and 2019, won 2019 Defensive Player of the Year and made the Pro Bowl in four of the last five seasons.

In nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2012-16) and Patriots (2017-20), Gilmore has started 122 of 124 games and recorded 25 interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns. He also has forced six fumbles and recovered three.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) talks with a member of the Arizona Cardinals prior to the start of the game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Stephon Gilmore a no-show, Cam Newton full-go at Pats’ camp

Two-time All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore is not at the first day of mandatory minicamp for the New England Patriots on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

Quarterback Cam Newton, however, is a full-go after injuring his hand during OTAs.

Missing Monday’s session would cost Gilmore $15,000, while missing all three days would rack up a total of roughly $93,000 in fines. Gilmore skipped all of the Pats’ voluntary workouts.

Gilmore is coming off surgery on his quadriceps, an injury that cost him the final two games of the 2020 season. Gilmore also missed time after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the season. He recorded three pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble and 37 total tackles in 11 games played last season.

It’s unclear the reason for Gilmore’s absence on Monday.

Gilmore, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, is in the final year of a five-year, $65 contract and is scheduled to earn just $7 million this season, well below market value. However, the team last year moved $4.5 million of this year’s salary into his 2020 compensation, a boost in response to Gilmore’s DPOY from the prior season.

Newton, 32, sustained a bone bruise in his right hand during a June 4 practice session but showed up Friday and threw the ball quite a bit, per reports.

Newton re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal in March after going 7-8 and passing for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first season with New England in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) leaves the field after warming up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots CB Gilmore exits with knee injury

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore left Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins after sustaining a non-contact left knee injury.

The Patriots said the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year was doubtful to return.

The injury happened with about three minutes left in the second quarter as he was covering receiver Mack Collins. Gilmore was backpedaling and his feet slipped on the grass when he attempted to put on the brakes. He immediately grabbed his lower left leg.

Gilmore, 30, was evaluated in the sideline medical tent and then helped to the locker room.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection entered Sunday’s game in Miami with 35 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) leaves the field after warming up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots CB Gilmore ruled out vs. Bills

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has been ruled out of Sunday’s road game against the Buffalo Bills with a knee injury, the team announced.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year tweaked his knee in a collision in practice on Thursday and underwent an MRI exam, per reports. He didn’t practice on Friday and officially had been listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

Gilmore, 30, has recorded 20 tackles and one interception in six games this season for the Patriots (2-4).

Cornerback J.C. Jackson is expected to replace Gilmore in Sunday’s game versus the Bills (5-2) in Orchard Park, N.Y.

New England also ruled out rookie safety Kyle Dugger (ankle) and rookie offensive lineman Justin Herron (ankle) on Saturday.

Dugger has recorded 16 tackles in five games since being selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Herron has played in six games since being picked in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass to warm up between plays during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Newton, Gilmore back on the field for Patriots

Quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and practice squad defensive lineman Bill Murray all returned to practice for the New England Patriots on Thursday following stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The practice was the first of the week and just the second since Oct. 2 for the Patriots (2-2), who are scheduled to face the visiting Denver Broncos (1-3) on Sunday. With their appearance in practice on Thursday, presumably both Newton and Gilmore will be available to play. The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 11, but was postponed following multiple positive COVID-19 tests for the Patriots.

Newton has been out since a positive COVID-19 test on Oct. 2; he was added to the COVID list the next day. Newton was activated from the reserve/COVID list on Wednesday.

Gilmore, the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has been out since he tested positive on Oct. 7.

According to media reports, the Patriots were still without defensive tackle Byron Cowart, defensive lineman Deatrich Wise and practice squad tight end Paul Quessenberry on Thursday. Cowart remains on New England’s reserve/COVID list after testing positive on Sunday, while Wise was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday’s injury report for non-injury reasons.

New England coach Bill Belichick was asked Thursday if Newton would see a normal workload after his absence. Newton missed one game, the Patriots’ loss at Kansas City, after starting the first three games.

“Well, we’ll have to see how it goes,” Belichick said. “We haven’t had an opportunity to do much here in the last 10 days or so. We’ve been on the field really one time. So, we’ll just have to see how things go here and that’s with everybody — it’s not specific to any individual player — but just in general.”

Gilmore, meanwhile, did not miss any games as his positive test came after he appeared in the loss at Kansas City.

The Patriots are 2-1 in Newton’s three starts this season, and the QB has been a good fit early on with New England. Newton has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 714 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and has rushed for 149 yards and a team-high four touchdowns.

Gilmore, in four games in 2020, has posted nine tackles, two passes defended, one interception and forced one fumble.

–Field Level Media

Oct 5, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes before a NFL game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Mahomes: Postgame hug a ‘mental lapse’

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shared a brief postgame hug with New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore after the two teams met Monday night in Kansas City.

On Wednesday, the day it was revealed Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19, Mahomes addressed their encounter, calling it a “mental lapse.”

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that players for both teams wore contact tracers during the game — a 26-10 win for the Chiefs — and that no one in the Chiefs organization had been notified that they should isolate because of prolonged contact with someone who had tested positive.

“I think you just have to trust in the process and the protocols that are set in place,” Mahomes said. “Obviously, knowing that I went up to him after the game and just getting the high-five like I’ve done my whole career and not thinking about it.

“It was a little bit of a mental lapse, just trying to show sportsmanship and stuff like that, but I feel like the protocols in place are good.”

Kansas City fans, remembering the postgame moment, took to social media to express fears for the safety of their beloved young quarterback after hearing Gilmore tested positive, and Mahomes tried to calm their jittery nerves.

“I’ll try to keep away from that and try not to do it again,” said Mahomes, 25, who won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 2018 and followed it with a Super Bowl championship the following season.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed before the season to maintain social distancing and limit postgame interactions, but that agreement has not been enforced.

Mahomes said Rick Burkholder, the team’s vice president of sports medicine and performance, chatted with the players about the protocols.

“Rick reminded guys after the game, and he also reminded guys today in our meetings — the protocols and the different stuff we have to do in the building and during the games,” Mahomes said. “I think as long as we listen to those protocols, we can keep from hopefully having any outbreaks or anything like that. Keep it to an isolated incident and hopefully be able to go out there and play the sport that we love every single day.”

The Chiefs (4-0) are scheduled to host the Las Vegas Raiders (2-2) on Sunday. The Raiders put defensive tackle Maurice Hurst on the reserve/COVID list on Tuesday. Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu also is on the list.

–Field Level Media