The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, was the highest-ranked representative of the New England Patriots on Pro Football Focus’ top 101 Players of 2019.
The All-Pro Gilmore landed No. 22 overall on the list.
“For the majority of the season, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was a true shutdown cornerback for their defense,” Pro Football Focus wrote. “He won the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year, and while PFF went in a different direction for that award, there is little doubt he had an excellent season.
“Gilmore allowed a passer rating of just 48.0 when targeted and a completion percentage under 50%. The only real negative on his season was struggling to contain DeVante Parker against Miami in Week 17, where he gave up the only 100-yard receiving performance of his season.”
Gilmore was one of four Patriots to earn the honor, along with teammates Kyle Van Noy, Devin McCourty and Joe Thuney.