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The 21 passers on Stephon Gilmore’s NFL pick list

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Stephon Gilmore has 26 interceptions, including playoffs, from 21 quarterbacks.

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Dating back to Stephon Gilmore’s 2012 NFL entrance, only Reggie Nelson, Marcus Peters and Richard Sherman have intercepted more passes in the regular season.

Gilmore stands with his jersey number in interceptions through his Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots tenures, and with 26 if also accounting for the games that have counted from January into February.

But whose passes has Gilmore retrieved?

It’s a list of 21 different quarterbacks.

PASSERS PICKED BY GILMORE

Sam Bradford: Dec. 9, 2012 – Gilmore’s first pick would be logged against the St. Louis Rams’ former first overall pick. Bradford shipped a pass out for Lance Kendricks as the tight end broke into the flat. A bobble followed. It’d be taken back for a penalty-negated touchdown.

Mike Glennon: Dec. 8, 2013 – On the doorstep of the red zone, Glennon lofted a ball up for 6-foot-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers target Vincent Jackson. The fade proved to be a 50-50 proposition. Gilmore came down with it on his back, and at Buffalo’s own three-yard line.

Chad Henne: Dec. 15, 2013 – Gilmore preserved a 27-20 lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars as Henne targeted a curling running back in Jordan Todman. An overthrow towards to back left of the end zone it’d become, and ultimately a touchback for the Bills cornerback.

Matthew Stafford: Oct. 5, 2014 – Gilmore transitioned off seven-time 1,000-yard Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson, and jumped the underneath flat that Reggie Bush was nearing. Stafford’s pass deflected off the running back and landed in Gilmore’s grasp.

Geno Smith: Oct. 26, 2014 – Smith went the way of New York Jets wideout Percy Harvin’s go route. And Gilmore, providing nine yards of cushion off the line, flipped his hips and stayed ahead of it. A return of 13 yards was the byproduct for the South Carolina product.

Peyton Manning: Dec. 7, 2014 – Gilmore maintained inside leverage against decorated Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas. A stuttering, outside release down the left sideline saw Gilmore catch Manning’s pass in stride and take it 48 yards the other way.

Eli Manning: Oct. 4, 2015 – From one Manning to another, Gilmore’s next interception came against the New York Giant. A third-and-8 slant for wideout Rueben Randle would be cut off by Gilmore in the shadow of his own goal posts. He’d return the pick 29 yards.

Marcus Mariota: Oct. 11, 2015 – Mariota, a Tennessee Titans rookie at the time, went deep down the left sideline to receiver Kendall Wright. A step ahead Wright was against Gilmore. But the pass was a step behind. No. 24 made up the difference.

Tom Brady: Nov. 23, 2015 – Gilmore lined up opposite Rob Gronkowski at the split-end spot. Jams ensued. And while the pass thrown by Brady wasn’t for the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end, Gilmore stood in position to field it before undrafted rookie Chris Harper could down the seam.

Carson Palmer: Sept. 25, 2016 – Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals saw a pair of drives end by way of Gilmore in the fall of 2016. Michael Floyd and John Brown were the underthrown wide receivers.

Andy Dalton: Nov. 20, 2016 and Dec. 15, 2019 – Over his past two encounters with the Cincinnati Bengals, Gilmore has compiled four interceptions. Tyler Eifert and Brandon LaFell were Dalton’s targets in 2016. Tyler Boyd was twice, with a Gilmore TD, in 2019.

Ben Roethlisberger: Dec. 11, 2016 – In the snow against Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gilmore pressed until the top of the route. A throw sent wide would send the first-time Bills Pro Bowler on his way for a return of 37 yards.

Deshaun Watson: Sept. 24, 2017 and Sept. 9, 2018 – Gilmore’s initial picks of 2017 and 2018 arrived via the Houston Texans’ Watson. He undercut a deep shot to DeAndre Hopkins on one. He left the perennial All-Pro to chase Vyncint Smith across the field on the other.

Matt Moore: Nov. 26, 2017 – In the red zone and from the slot, Moore turned to Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker on a corner pattern. But Gilmore turned at the catch point and took it 20 yards the other way.

Josh McCown: Nov. 25, 2018 – McCown looked the way of New York Jets speedster Robby Anderson on a play-action skinny post. Gilmore, with his back to the boundary, read and reacted. A mid-air interception at the New England two was the result.

Philip Rivers: Jan. 13, 2019 – On third-and-10 in a 41-22 AFC divisional round, Rivers took a shot at his out-breaking favorite target, Keenan Allen. From the inside to the out, Gilmore sliced between the two Los Angeles Chargers and high-pointed.

Jared Goff: Feb. 3, 2019 – The Super Bowl LIII score read 10-3 when the Los Angeles Rams’ Goff dialed one into the area code of trade acquisition Brandin Cooks. Gilmore was waiting on the other line to intercept it, four yards from the end zone with four minutes remaining.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Sept. 15, 2019 – Gilmore gathered his first pick of the 2019 regular season versus his former Bills teammate. Fitzpatrick rolled out right off a fake jet sweep, and threw back left. In the tall Miami grass was Gilmore for his first career pick-six.

Daniel Jones: Oct. 10, 2019 – The No. 6 overall pick in last spring’s draft crossed paths with Gilmore in the fall. And as Gilmore switched off an in-cut from Giants receiver Cody Latimer, he took on tight end Rhett Ellison’s zone. Jones tried to thread through it.

Sam Darnold: Oct. 21, 2019 – From the 50 at MetLife Stadium, Gilmore played centerfielder against Darnold. The Jets quarterback’s hit into the the gap wouldn’t hit the turf, however, as Gilmore got his gloves underneath it on a runback of eight yards.

Dak Prescott: Nov. 24, 2019 – Amari Cooper went without a catch when the Dallas Cowboys visited Gillette Stadium in November. He was targeted twice by Prescott, with a drag underneath being one. Gilmore corralled the third-and-2 throw from Cooper’s pocket.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is an unofficial member of Gilmore’s list, having been intercepted at the goal line in the 2017 Pro Bowl while looking for Odell Beckham Jr.

But through 120 career games, 21 have comprised Gilmore’s 26.