After an injury riddled 2013 season, Bills CB
“It was difficult but I knew it was because of his injury,” said safety
Gilmore hasn’t missed a beat since the onset of offseason training and is practicing without restriction since the opening of camp last week.
“It feels good,” said Gilmore. “That was my first time ever having surgery and getting hurt so it feels good to be back to myself and be out there having fun and be playing how I know how to play. It helped me out a lot. I’ve never struggled like that before when I had that surgery on my hand so it helped me out a lot. It humbled me and I feel good now so I’m ready to go help this team win.”
After a promising rookie season in 2012 the man who lined up opposite Gilmore was facing free agency, but chose to re-sign with the Bills.
“Playing with that guy is one of the reasons I chose to come back,” said McKelvin. “I chose to come back because I felt like I was a good player on the other side of him and we’d be able to get our defense in the right way.”
Despite Gilmore’s injury last season, the remaining defensive backs still managed to put together a top five ranking. Now healthy, Gilmore has an opportunity to anchor one of the best corps of defensive backs in the league.
“Having Stephon there is a huge factor because he’s such a playmaker,” said Williams. “A guy with his size and speed, it helps me not to worry about taking care of his side because I know, I trusted him, to take away his man … all I got to say is we’ll be top three instead of top five.”
With the first few full contact practices under Gilmore’s belt, it seems his previous injury isn’t going to be a factor.
“It felt good, man,” said Gilmore. “That’s the name of the game is putting the pads on and hitting. It feels good to get out there and put your hands on receivers and play physical. It’s what I like to do.”