Bills' Gilmore impresses Wannstedt at OTAs
Following the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills first week of Organized Team Activities, new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt spoke with reporters on Friday about a multitude of things regarding his new defense.
You can read most of what he said in my wrap-up article here, but Wannstedt also had a bit of praise for rookie and first-round selection Stephon Gilmore. When speaking of the Bills cornerback that opened up OTAs as part of the first-team, the defensive coordinator expressed what he especially liked about Gilmore.
"He kind of falls into that category I was talking about with Mark Anderson, the free agents, and Mario, as far as a talent that has the right mindset. He’s the right type of person and, you know, he doesn’t appear, and you watch him warm up in drills, to be as fast as he is but nobody runs by him. I think playing quarterback (in high school), he’s got a little bit more savvy than some corners might and obviously he’s a size guy. He’s got size and he can run and he’s got great feet, and I used the word great, he’s got great hand-eye coordination. When the ball’s in the air, he’s going to go after it."
Not having done much jamming at the line of scrimmage while at South Carolina, Wannstedt and defensive backs coach George Catavolos really harped on that to Gilmore during the team's rookie mini-camp in May.
Just how long does the process take to get Gilmore acclimated to that aspect of a cornerback's game? The defensive coordinator answered that as well.
"Well that will all come in training camp when we really get the pads on. Right now we can't do one-on-one in press, you know all the one-on-one stuff we do you have to be off because of contact. So we're kind of limited a little bit there. But he's getting enough of the work that... and he's learning the coverages, and he's learning the techniques and he's learning the terminology. The physical part will come."
Gilmore and the Bills continue their second week of OTAs on Tuesday, June 5.