Buffalo Bills second-year cornerback Stephon Gilmore is poised for a huge year, and he impressed many people this August with his play in training camp. I was high on Gilmore since watching him play against the New England Patriots early last season, and he certainly looks like the next budding shutdown corner in this league. But Gilmore will have to wait in order to break out, because FOX Sports’s Mike Garafolo reports that Gilmore will miss “about eight weeks” with a “hand/wrist issue”, and the Bills “hope” that he only misses around five or six games.
It’s a huge blow to the Bills secondary given the caliber of play that Stephon Gilmore possesses, as well as the play of the other cornerbacks on the roster. Gilmore should still take the next step for this team, but they won’t have a potential shutdown corner for five or six games. That obviously includes the Week 1 game against the New England Patriots, so I’m sure many Pats fans are relieved that Kenbrell Thompkins or Aaron Dobson (or maybe even Danny Amendola) won’t have to deal with a tough matchup on the other side of the ball. Jairus Byrd is an elite safety, but the Buffalo Bills pass defense got a lot worse as a result of this injury.
Let’s hope Stephon Gilmore can make a speedy recovery (even if he plays for a rival team) and have that breakout year that most people are expecting. Gilmore has raised a lot of eyebrows this offseason with his play, and the South Carolina product’s absence means that the Bills will have to start Crezdon Butler (his most famous moment thus far with the Bills is getting into a fight with touted rookie receiver Robert Woods).