Posts Tagged ‘Devin McCourty’

Why Patriots Should Keep Devin McCourty at Safety

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Devin McCourty Patriots

Where is Devin McCourty’s prime position?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots drafted Devin McCourty to be the team’s No. 1 cornerback, and for the better part of his first 2 1/2 seasons in the NFL, he has been. He was a second-team AP All-Pro at that position as a rookie, and is one of the league’s best playmakers at the position.

Late last season, however, with a plethora of injuries at the safety position, the Patriots began experimenting with McCourty playing safety. This season, the experiment has gone a step further, as McCourty has played safety full-time each of the past three games with regular starter Patrick Chung out due to injury.

McCourty’s move to safety may just be a temporary shift until Chung returns.

It should be a long-term move.

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2012 Patriots: Mid-season Awards

Monday, November 5th, 2012
Chandler Jones Patriots

Did Chandler Jones pick up any of our mid-season awards? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots were off this weekend, getting rested up for the stretch run before a hopeful playoff berth. They didn’t get to be a part of one of the worst weekends for sportsbooks, but a great one for guys that bet on NFL football this weekend.

As the Patriots head into the second half of the season, I hand out a few awards to some deserving Patriots.

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2012 Patriots Season: Reviewing First Half Performances

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Chandler Jones Patriots

Without Chandler Jones, where would the Patriots be on defense? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer Joon Lee

Going into this season, I had absolutely no doubt that this Patriots team would be the best team that New England has seen 2007. The offense was absolutely stacked, the defense was revamped and Tom Brady was absolutely on top of his game after his fifth trip to the Superbowl.

There were even whispers that we could potentially see a perfect season with the Patriots having one of the weaker schedules in the NFL.

Instead, we’ve seen more of the same as last year. An electrifying offense and a “bend, but don’t break” defense.

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5 Biggest Questions for the Second Half of the Patriots’ Season

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

Is Devin McCourty part of the problem, or part of the solution to the Patriots woes in the secondary?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots are taking momentum into their bye week, coming off of their most dominant performance of the season in a 45-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

With a one-game lead in the AFC East, and on a two-game winning streak with three consecutive games against teams with losing records following the bye week, they are in good position to win their fourth consecutive division title, and 10th in the past 12 seasons. The Patriots also have the league’s best points differential, +92, with a league-leading 262 points scored compared to just 170 points allowed.

But while there are many positives about the Patriots’ first half of the season, and where they stand going into the second half with a 5-3 record, their first-half struggles should also not be ignored. Their three losses are more than they were expected to have at this point, and all three losses were the result of costly fourth-quarter mistakes. The Patriots have not lived up to expectations, and have some real issues that must be corrected going forward if they are to make it back to the Super Bowl.

With the bye week falling immediately at the halfway point of the regular season, these are five questions that the Patriots should be trying to find answers to before hitting the season’s homestretch.

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Blame for Patriots Secondary Struggles Start at the Top

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Patriots Secondary

Enough.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

This will be my one and only article on this topic, at least for awhile. After watching another meltdown in the 4th quarter, compounded by the inability of the defensive backs to make routine plays in pass coverage.

I have had enough.

I have had enough of watching an opposing Quarterback launch a Hail Mary pass from their own 30 yard line knowing that there is more than a 50% chance that their receiver will come down with the ball or at the very least the opposing defensive back will interfere in the process. I have had enough.

So who’s to blame and what is going on back there?

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Examining The Ongoing Problem with the Patriots’ Secondary

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Devin McCourty Steve Gregory

This is not the pose of Devin McCourty that Patriots fans want to see. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

No positional unit on the New England Patriots has drawn more scrutiny over the past few seasons than their secondary, and the criticism has been warranted.

The Patriots were among the NFL’s three worst teams in each of the past two seasons in passing yards allowed, and a big reason for that was blown coverages and big plays allowed by their secondary.

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Patriots Training Camp – Notes from Wednesday

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Press Box View Patriots

Nice view from the press box in Gillette Stadium for Patriots training camp. (Photo: Doug Kyed)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Tonight I got the unique opportunity to cover the Patriots in stadium training camp from inside the press box. I got a last minute call and hit a block of traffic, but I still found some valuable nuggets to share.

Here are some notes from the public practice:

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