Jump to content
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts Fan Forum

Stephen Gilmore was among the best press CB's in 2021.

Bolt Colt

Recommended Posts

Stephon Gilmore was among the best press CBs in 2021

Kevin Hickey 


One of the biggest splashes the Indianapolis Colts made this offseason was bringing in cornerback Stephon Gilmore from free agency.

The move made plenty of sense, especially after trading away Rock Ya-Sin. Even though Gilmore dealt with injuries in 2021, he was still one of the best cornerbacks in a physical phase of the game.

According to Pro Football Focus, Gilmore graded out as one of the best press cornerbacks during the 2021 season, coming in with the eighth-best grade in the NFL.



The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro was an extremely successful press cornerback in his half-season of action in 2021. While Gilmore recorded two interceptions in press-man coverage, most of his value came from limiting targets and allowing minimal gains on receptions. Barring notable regression entering his age 32 season, he should excel under defensive coordinator Gus Bradley with the Indianapolis Colts in 2022.

Gilmore won’t be seeing as much man coverage with the Colts even with Bradley taking over for Matt Eberflus. Bradley’s scheme is still physical, but we should expect more Cover-3 looks in the secondary.

Gilmore will be an unquestioned starter for the Colts as long as he stays healthy. And when they need him to be physical at the line of scrimmage, it’s nice to know he’s still one of the elite players in that phase of the game.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I posted his press kudos in another thread (PFF summary I think).

He also has the 3rd best WAR (wins above replacement value) for a CB since 2016. 

Hayward and Ramsey were the only two to rank better. 


How he'll translate to our C3 heavy scheme is the big question. Just not sure how much press we'll play. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...