Game recognizes game -- to a certain extent.
Gilmore's answer, as transcribed by USA TODAY:
"[Antonio Brown], you got Tyreek Hill just because of his speed, you got Odell Beckham (who's) pretty tough. … Julio Jones, I would say he's in my top five too, probably one or two, but I haven't played against him. … Michael Thomas … he's a monster."
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It's hard to quibble with that list of elite wideouts. But guess who didn't make Gilmore's top-five list? First-team All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins, whom NFL.com ranked as the league's No. 1 receiver last season.
Might that beef have been on Gilmore's mind when he named a guy who played one game last season (Brown), a guy who finished 26th in the NFL in receiving yards (Beckham) and a guy he hasn't even played against (Jones) instead of Hopkins?
It's possible -- although Gilmore limited Hopkins to five catches for 64 yards in that Dec. 2019 contest, so perhaps the Patriots cornerback simply has less trouble with Hopkins than he does with these other talented receivers.
If Hopkins feels slighted by Gilmore's snub, he can let the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year know this season: Hopkins' Arizona Cardinals visit the Patriots on Nov. 29.
Stephon Gilmore's list of toughest WRs to cover has a notable omission originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston