Christian Gonzalez is already being in comparison with an All-Professional cornerback

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“That clean, that polished, that good.”

New England Patriots cornerback Christian Gonzalez (6) prepares to tackle Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass.
Christian Gonzalez greater than held his personal in opposition to Tyreek Hill on Sunday. Greg M. Cooper / AP Picture

Christian Gonzalez is already incomes a powerful repute: The Patriots have been thrilled when cornerback Christian Gonzalez — touted as a top-five expertise — fell to New England on the seventeenth choose within the 2023 NFL Draft. Three video games into his NFL profession, the remainder of the league is more and more taking discover of his expertise.

Gonzalez confronted as powerful a begin to his profession as another cornerback within the league by way of three weeks. He matched up in opposition to DeVonta Smith and the Eagles in Week 1, Tyreek Hill and the Dolphins in Week 2, and Garrett Wilson and the Jets in Week 3. He excelled in every sport, incomes reward from gamers like Hill, who merely famous Gonzalez is “actual good.”

On prime of being named the Defensive Rookie of the Month, Gonzalez is already seen as a possible difference-maker within the looming matchup with the Cowboys on Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Talking about prime Dallas huge receiver CeeDee Lamb, ESPN analyst Ryan Clark predicted that Gonzalez would offer blanket protection.

“Christian Gonzalez shall be lined up wherever he’s the whole day,” Clark mentioned of Lamb.

After displaying a number of examples of Gonzalez’s success within the early weeks, Clark had one conclusion.

“It is a dude that may completely ball,” he defined. “And he’s capable of do it in numerous dimensions, whether or not it’s press protection, off-coverage, even in zone. You’re going to see him locked up with CeeDee Lamb in lots of of those instances, typically with assist, typically with out. So, the Dallas Cowboys are going to should discover a strategy to do one thing totally different than what they’ve usually executed with CeeDee all through the primary three weeks.”

He additionally in contrast Gonzalez to a different elite NFL cornerback.

“If I needed to examine him to anyone, I’d examine him to [Patrick] Surtain II,” mentioned Clark, “who we all know proper now’s a top-five cornerback on this league, and perhaps primary final yr. That clean, that polished, that good.”

Trivia: Are you able to title the 2 cornerbacks who share the Patriots’ all-time common season interceptions document?

(Reply on the backside).

Trace: One led the NFL in interceptions twice (1998, 2005), whereas the opposite was a first-round choose in 1977.

Scores and schedule:

The Pink Sox misplaced to the Orioles 2-0 on Thursday as Baltimore clinched the American League East crown. The 2 groups play in opposition to tonight (7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards).

Additionally tonight, the Connecticut Solar host the New York Liberty in Recreation 3 of the WNBA Semifinal at 7:30 p.m. The collection is tied 1-1.

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