During his introductory conference on Tuesday, Jason McCourty proved just why he is the type of player the New England Patriots need in the secondary.
The twin brother of Patriots safety Devin McCourty, the 30-year-old cornerback has been a solid player during his time with the Tennessee Titans and brief stint with the Cleveland Browns. Over that time, he has watched the success of his brother in New England and always inspired to share that success.
Finally, he will get a chance to do so.
During his introductory conference on Tuesday, Jason McCourty talked about his relationship with Devin as well as his reaction to being traded to the New England Patriots. He also talked about what he can add to the secondary, including his ability to pick up the system based on his experience in the league.
"“I think just from an experience standpoint of I’ve been able to only play for two teams throughout my nine-year career but I’ve had a good amount of defensive coordinators and I think when you have to do that, you’re forced to have to adjust,” McCourty said, via Patritots.com. “You get used to different terminology, different systems, so you start to combine them all and make sense of things.”"
The Patriots new cornerback went on to explain how his conversations with Devin about how to approach each game throughout the season will give him a head start. Also, in watching the team closely and being around the players, McCourty feels he already has a good feel of team chemistry as well as what it will take to be successful on the football field.
Those factors should make him an upgrade over the Malcolm Butler of last season. Butler is the more recognizable player, but the solid play and leadership of Jason McCourty is what the team needs within the system.
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In all, he is a nice fit in New England not because he is the twin brother of Jason McCourty or is a graduate of Rutgers, but because he is a 10-year veteran who will play within the system and become a nice compliment to Stephon Gilmore.
The leadership he brings doesn’t hurt either.
Around the AFC East
Buffalo Bills: Now that they have their quarterback in AJ McCarron, the Buffalo Bills are looking to upgrade their receiving corps.
Following his release from the Jacksonville Jaguars, wide receiver Allen Hurns told Charlotte radio station WFNZ that the Bill are one of several teams to show interest.
"“Right now, the teams have reached out, it’s probably like 10 teams: the Bears, the Bills, Saints, Texans, Jets, Raiders, Panthers, there’s a couple of other teams,” Hurns told the radio station. “I should be hearing more soon.”"
The 26-year-old wide receiver would be an interesting fit for the Bills. Although he had somewhat of a down year last season with 39 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns, Hurns has No. 1 wide receiver skills. In 2015, he caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Interestingly, the New York Jets were also a team Hurns said reached out. The Jets recently brought in wide receiver Terrelle Pryor for a visit. Both teams are trying to upgrade their offenses to be able to keep up and compete with the New England Patriots.