The veteran cornerback spoke to the media at Gilette Stadium and is looking to make the New England Patriots secondary one of the best in the NFL.
Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty are already trying to play games with the New England Patriots media members. Devin decided to join Jason at his media availability and try to trick the reporters. Sadly for them it didn’t work, but it was interesting to see how the two guys act around each other.
In his first media availability, Jason McCourty came off as a humble guy who is already a professor in the Patriot way. He must have gotten a crash course from his brother. The veteran cornerback is excited to join the Patriots and for right now he is simply focused on doing his job.
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"For right now, it’s just doing what’s asked of me… I’ll just be continuing to get to know the rest of the corners and kind of being a veteran presence in the room. Competition is competition. However all of that works its way out, it works its way out. For me, there’s no designated role that I see myself filling. Whatever the coaching staff puts me in the positon to do, I’m going to give it my all and see where that puts me at the end of the day."
McCourty is coming to New England after playing with the Cleveland Browns, quite an upgrade. He is a solid corner who has 16 interceptions and 464 tackles in his career. He will most likely be working opposite of Stephon Gilmore in what should be a good role for McCourty.
You can’t just replace guys
This is the message that Devin McCourty wanted to get across. He made it loud and clear that it is unfair to call Jason Malcolm Butler’s replacement.
"I wouldn’t say that. You can’t replace guys that, whether it’s Malcolm, Nate [Solder], Dion [Lewis] – like those guys were a huge part of our team success over the last couple years. You just don’t pick a – no offense to Jason – but we just don’t bring a guy in here, whether it’s a veteran or rookie, and think they’re just going to take over a huge role that those play. So, we can’t replace those guys with just one guy. But, I think the thing you learn in the NFL is each year your team is different, so we’ll have to find different ways to win games without the Malcolm’s, without the Dion’s, the Nate’s. So, that’s the challenge of every offseason of trying to come together as a team."
McCourty will look to become yet another Patriots success story. Another veteran whose career was reborn in Foxboro. Still, he will be looking to make his own mark and not be overshadowed by the legend of Malcolm Butler.
McCourty will look to make the Patriots defense one of the best in the league and become one of the first brotherly duos to win a Super Bowl on the same team.