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News Blitz 10/11: Gilmore ‘way better’ in 2018

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As the biggest free-agent signing in Patriots history, Stephon Gilmore faces pretty high expectations as New England’s No. 1 cornerback.

Though the veteran hasn’t been perfect early on in his second season in Foxborough, he seems to be pleasing the only man who really matters.

The Boston Globe passes along Bill Belichick saying that Gilmore is “way better” this season, a year after getting off to a rocky start in this first fall in New England. The Globe writes that a big point of emphasis this week for the Patriots will be to avoid allowing big plays to the talented Chiefs playmakers. The Globe notes that New England listed nine players as limited on Wednesday’s practice report as the team prepares to take on the Chiefs.

The Providence Journal writes that running back Sony Michel is excited for what’s next as his impressive rookie season advances. While Gilmore was being praised by Belichick, the ProJo says the veteran cornerback was taking a shot at Jaguars All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey.

ESPNBoston.com observes that it’s Michel’s time to shine as the Patriots running back. ESPNBoston.com writes that Jason McCourty’s rise to starter at cornerback is a surprise story for the Patriots early this season. ESPNBoston.com notes that Gronkowski left comparisons to Kelce to others.

NBC Sports Boston looks at the Gronk vs. Kelce debate. NBC Sports Boston notes that Michel was added to the injury report with a knee issue. NBC Sports Boston has Gronk saying New England fans will find a way to watch both the Patriots and Red Sox this Sunday night. NBC Sports Boston also looks at Gilmore’s out of character “trash talk.”

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