Stephon Gilmore will head to his first training camp with the New England Patriots starting on July 27. The former Buffalo Bills first round draft pick left Buffalo in free agency to sign a 5-year, $65 million contract with the defending world champions.
Before his first training camp with New England, Gilmore took a subtle shot at his former team on Twitter. Gilmore shared his excitement for his first season with the Patriots by noting that his friends and family will finally get to see him play on national television.
My People finally going to get to see me play on tv. #Patsnation#aboutthattime
— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) July 17, 2017
New England is scheduled to play in five nationally televised games this season as well as take on the Oakland Raiders as part of the NFL’s International Series. Whereas the Patriots will play often in front of a national audience, the Bills are only scheduled to have one primetime game when they take on the New York Jets on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. Buffalo’s lack of national visibility comes down to their 17-year playoff drought, the longest in all professional sports.
During his time in Buffalo, Gilmore and the Bills were rarely featured in primetime games, so the cornerback has every right to be happy knowing his friends and family will get to watch him often in 2017. That said, Gilmore’s tweet left a bad taste in the mouth of Bills fans based on the responses he received.
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