Rookie Roundup: Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty

Will Devin McCourty be a true "4-down" player for the Patriots?

First in a series of seven by NEPD Staff Writer Jerry F.

Devin McCourty was a mystifying pick to many Patriot fans, some bashing the pick before Roger Goodell was even off of the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

The Patriots first round pick opened eyes and turned heads in his first professional game against the New Orleans Saints, when he had two kickoff returns of 52 and 50 yards respectively. This did not come as a big surprise as McCourty was a dynamic special teams player at Rutgers on both kick coverage and return teams. He averaged 27.9 yards a return during his senior season, capped by a 98 yard touchdown return.

McCourty held his own against both the Saints and Falcons wide receivers. McCourty made numerous plays, none bigger than a third down pass break up of a Matt Ryan pass intended for Falcons elite WR Roddy White.

While he was not the sexy pick for the Patriots in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft with players like CB Kyle Wilson and DL Jared Odrick were still on the board, McCourty has shown flashes on both defense and special teams so far and he looks poised to carve a niche for himself in the Patriots’ secondary.


6 Responses to “Rookie Roundup: Devin McCourty”

  1. JimC says:

    Devin was drafted because of his special teams play so it goes with reason that he would return kicks or punts. Guys…stop analyzing this to death. When you see Tom fielding punts then you should be concerned:)

  2. JimC says:

    Lose a corner or a starting reciever during a special team play make no difference. They are both just as hard to replace…You go with your best player PERIOD…who ever it is!

  3. Jared says:

    With a healthy Welker, Edleman had to be the Pats return man. Tate may be able to step in, but Taylor Price doesn’t have the speed and quickness to return kicks in the NFL…in my opinion. Just from seeing him in college,and watching him attempt to return kicks in preseason. Edleman is lightning in a bottle, and with all the weapons Tom Brady has, Belichick has to find a way to get Julian Edelman as many touches as possible.

  4. Jared says:

    I am personnaly not a big fan of corners returning kicks.if they’re good enough to be a starting NFL corner…returning is too risky.
    And McCourty, I think has what it takes to be a starting outside corner in the NFL. Speed, toughness, good tackler,fast hips…this week in practice, Butler has been playing in the slot-and McCourty has been on the outside. If McCourty can play outside THIS year…it could be huge for that secondary, in about a month, people could be talking about the Pats having one of the best-YOUNG-secondaries in the league. But Chung, Butler, and McCourty- will all play vital roles.

    • JerryF says:

      I’d be surprised to see McCourty returning kicks in the regular season especially if he starts at CB.the Patriots have options at kick returner; Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and Taylor Price. Unless they are looking for a switch up or a different tempo during the game.

      • AP says:

        I agree… seemed like Hobbs was always dinged up… he played, but was just beat up from it. I like Edelman to take on the returns as long as Welker is healthy.

        If McCourty can focus on OCB and Butler in the slot, that would be HUGE.

        Remember, Ty Law didn’t even start until about 10 weeks in…

        I don’t know what it is, but McCourty seems to have that “IT” in him… I like his aggressiveness.

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