Stephon Gilmore thinks he and Malcolm Butler can be NFL's top CB duo

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Until Stephon Gilmore came around, Bill Belichick had never doled out $65 million in free agency. Yet while it was an uncharacteristic signing for a traditionally conservative GM, the cornerback is already showing why Belichick made the investment. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Gilmore talked about adjusting to the new environment and his relationship with his new teammates--especially partner Malcolm Butler.

Initially, he cited the scheme change as the biggest difference between the two clubs and said that he was just "trying to take it day by day and learn new stuff." When asked about Tom Brady's trademark competitiveness, Gilmore demurred, saying that "nothing really surprised me about him" but that "he's going to make me better in practice."

The former Buffalo Bill did note that he was excited to reunite with former teammates Chris Hogan, Alan Branch, and Mike Gillislee. As far as his new teammate, Malcolm Butler, Gilmore thought that the duo could form the league's best CB tandem. "We just got to go out there and prove ourselves and get better every day in practice...we got to be hungry and go out and prove to everybody in the league that we can play the game at a high level. I think if we do that, everything else will speak for itself."

If they can maintain that attitude throughout the season, the two could finish among the top defensive backs in the NFL. In what might be Butler's last year with the Patriots, it will be interesting to see how he and Gilmore jell.

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