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Dec 5, 2020; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas (95) and defensive end Ronnie Perkins (7) react during the first half against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2021 third-round draft pick Ronnie Perkins is either the latest Patriots Insider on the beat or thought that the rumors become reality in regards to New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Either way, the newest Patriot knows he’s about to hear it for his comments on the Patriots’ All-Pro corner.

Asked about past Patriots players that he models his game after, the Oklahoma edge rusher went with Willie McGinest and Dont’a Hightower. Those are definitely some expected names given his position and their impact. But things took a turn — and in more ways than one — when it came to Gilmore’s inclusion on that list.

“I’d also say a D.B. who just left the Patriots — what’s his name? Gilmore, Stephon Gilmore,” Perkins said. “Just because Stephon Gilmore, he’s a silent assassin. I’d definitely say him because he’s a silent assassin, he lets his play do the talking.”

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