Gilmore did not attend the Patriots mandatory minicamp as he was recovering from a partially torn quad. Gilmore is the centerpiece of the Patriots' defence and is looking for an increase in pay before the 2021 season. Gilmore says, "I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt since the surgery. I’ve been running a lot, building full speed". The Patriots defence will get a boost this year as Dont'a Hightower, and Patrick Chung return to the team after opting out of the 2020 season.