Dallas Cowboys CB Stephon Gilmore has quietly had a very productive season for the team. When the team acquired him for a fifth-round pick from the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason, the Cowboys were anticipating Gilmore filling in as the team’s number two corner across from Trevon Diggs. However, when Diggs had his season ended in week three of the season due to a torn ACL, pressure rose for Gilmore to take on more responsibility for the Cowboys in the secondary. While DaRon Bland has had the flashier season for the Cowboys, Gilmore has been quietly holding down the other side of the field, showing he can still play at an elite level in the league despite being 33 years old.
Dan Quinn decided to have Gilmore matchup with Philadelphia Eagles WR A.J. Brown throughout a majority of Sunday’s matchup. According to Gilmore, Brown had some words at the beginning of the game regarding the age of the veteran corner.
“I just didn’t like how he called me old at the beginning of the game,” he said. “So it lit a fire in me a little bit. I was mad. The only thing I could do was show him I was still here, and I think I did that today.”
Gilmore let his play speak for himself on Sunday, not allowing Brown in the endzone throughout the game. He also forced a fumble, stripping the football from Brown which resulted in the takeaway for the Dallas defense.
STEPHON GILMORE STRIPS THE BALL FROM AJ BROWN— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) December 11, 2023
Gilmore spoke about how he had asked to cover Brown throughout the game, knowing that he wanted to guard their best receiver in the pivotal division matchup.
“I told them I wanted him,” Gilmore said. “Because you know the ball will go to him and you can make plays. So like I said before, I’ve done it my whole career. It lights a fire in me because I love those moments, going up against other great guys on the other side of the ball.”
Gilmore may not be the Defensive Player of the Year he was in 2019. However, he is still proving to be an elite corner in the league, providing consistency at a position that will be so pivotal for the team down the stretch of the season. Over the next three weeks, the Cowboys will be going up against Buffalo Bills WR Stephon Diggs, Dolphins WRs Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and Detroit Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. If the Cowboys hope to win out and remain in contention for the NFC East, they will have to continue getting good production from their secondary.