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Stephon Gilmore wishes for chance to match up against Antonio Brown
Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore may be wishing he’d never heard it either, because he has a wish as the Bills prepare to face the Steelers.
“I wish I could follow the best receiver, but whatever the coach want me to do, I’ll do,” Gilmore said, via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. “It’s another good receiver this year I’m playing against. I went against a lot of great receivers and did my thing.”
The great receiver Gilmore would be or could be facing on Sunday is Antonio Brown. With cornerback Ronald Darby expected to return to the lineup after missing the loss at Oakland with a concussion, the Bills may assign each guy to one side.
“When you do have two really good corners you feel great about, then most of the time . . . they’re really comfortable playing left and right,” coach Rex Ryan said, via Skurski. “But, I will say this: Stephon is playing about as good as any corner in the league right now, probably. I mean, he’s right there. The last three weeks in particular, he’s been absolutely outstanding.”
That’s high praise from Ryan, which could be parlayed into higher dollar for Gilmore. His contract expires after this season, and the Bills may need to use the franchise tag in order to keep him around.