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.
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