Patriots Will Be Tested on Corner
FOXBORO -- Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and the rest of the Patriots cornerbacks are going to be glad Bill Belichick makes the team run that back conditioning hill behind the practice field.
It’s for games like Sunday when they meet a team like the Chiefs.
Belichick was asked during a conference call this morning about how all the pre-snap movement of the Chiefs receivers, and then after the snap, challenges the conditioning of corners.
After seeing Denver cornerback Chris Harris, even Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey, winded in recent games against the Chiefs, it was a good question.
Are all the different things the Chiefs do, all the movement, more than a typical offense?
“Yeah, I would say so,” said Belichick. “These guys are really fast. They run a lot of vertical routes, but there are a lot of space plays where they get the ball out there on RPOs (run-pass options) and flip screens and things like that, so it forces not only the corners, but everybody to pursue laterally across the field and cover a lot of ground on consecutive plays or multiple plays on a short amount of time.”
Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Chris Conley all have blazing speed so Gilmore and McCourty have to be up for the challenge, along with Jonathan Jones.
“They do a good job of rotating their receivers, so they get (De’Anthony) Thomas in there, they substitute personnel, they take advantage of their depth at that position,” said Belichick, “so I’d say it is taxing on that group.” -- BOSTON HERALD