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Even after nearly fumbling the game away for the Patriots, Devin McCourty still earned rare praise from Bill Belichick. Injuries to starting safeties Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory thrust McCourty into a starting spot at free safety on Sunday against the Jets, a role he played late last season after multiple players tried -- and failed -- to grasp the position. Belichick went as far as to say McCourty did the best job out of anyone playing the deep part of the field this season. "I thought he did a pretty solid job from what I could see," Belichick said. "I thought the deep part of the field was more secure than it's been." The position switch for McCourty also saw a much-needed change in defensive scheme for the Patriots. It may not have worked to perfection, but it was an improvement. After weeks of trying a cover-two approach, with two safeties playing deep, New England changed to a cover-one for most of the game with McCourty playi...

Devin McCourty Returns Kickoff 104 Yards for Touchdown Against Jets (Video)

The Patriots may have found their permanent kick returner. Starting cornerback Devin McCourty returned a kick for a 104-yard touchdown on Sunday against the Jets. The impressive special teams play was the Patriots' first kick return for a touchdown since Brandon Tate brought one back for 103 yards against the Dolphins on Oct. 4, 2010. McCourty has been the...

Devin McCourty Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Despite Nearly Fumbling Away Game Against Jets

Devin McCourty's fumble on a kickoff return helped the Jets gain a fourth-quarter lead on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to cost the Patriots a victory. Apparently, it also wasn't enough for the NFL to rethink its Special Teams Player of the Week recipients. The league announced Wednesday that McCourty has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the...

Devin McCourty's All-or-Nothing Results Are Symbolic of Patriots' Struggles This Season

First quarter: Devin McCourty returns a kick, slips past the coverage and hoofs it 104 yards to put the Patriots on the board and tie the Jets, 7-7. Fourth quarter: McCourty fumbles a kick, loses the ball deep in New England territory and sets the Patriots up for a late loss. After games: Coach Bill Belichick praises McCourty and tells him he's a solid part...

McCourty named AFC special teams player of week

Devin McCourty has been named AFC special teams player of the week despite a costly fumble for the New England Patriots. He received the honor on Wednesday for a 104-yard kickoff return in a 29-26 overtime win over the New York Jets last Sunday. The touchdown and extra point tied the game 7-7. ''That's more of a special teams, kickoff return award,'' McCourty...

Devin McCourty special teams player of the week?

Congrats to Devin McCourty - just named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week!— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 24, 2012Ummm, how the **** is McCourty the special teams player of the week when this happened?Last time I checked, almost fumbling the game away isn't something a special teams player of the week does. Did they even watch the game? Or did they just see TD...

Devin McCourty returns kick 104 yards for TD

After allowing an opening drive TD to the Jets, the Patriots pulled even when Devin McCourty returned a kickoff 104 yards to the house against the Jets top-rated special teams kick coverage. Check out the video:

Devin McCourty Has a Mixed Day

Patriots return man's day goes from great to horrible.

Devin McCourty Leaning on Patrick Chung, Steve Gregory in Embracing Transition to Safety

Devin McCourty may not be the shutdown cornerback many anticipated after a Pro Bowl rookie season. But he's still a damn good defensive back. McCourty was forced back into the safety role in the Patriots' secondary on Sunday, a position played at times toward the end of the 2011 season. But even with some prior knowledge, McCourty is still very inexperienced...

McCourty Earns AFC Honors

New England Patriots DB Devin McCourty was named as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7.

Patriots may have gotten help from clock operator in win over Jets

The New England Patriots may have gotten some assistance from the Gillette Stadium clock operator during their win over the New York Jets on Sunday. On the ensuing kickoff after the Jets took a 26-23 lead with just over two minutes remaining, kick returner Devin McCourty appeared to take about seven strides before the clock began ticking from 2:06.  The clock also appeared to stop...

Rob Ninkovich Continues to Make Clutch Plays by Forcing Game-Winning Fumble for Patriots

Devin McCourty's fumble nearly lost the game for the Patriots on Sunday night, but it was Rob Ninkovich's fumble that instead secured it as a win. After the Patriots kicked a go-ahead field goal at the start of overtime, a battered and bruised Patriots defense took the field to try and close out the victory. The defense answered the call, but it was...

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots: Hero and Zero of the Game

The New England Patriots outplayed the New York Jets in the first half, jumping out to a 16-10 lead. In the third quarter, that lead was extended to 23-13. But then the Patriot offense stalled and the defense continued to sacrifice yards to the Jet offense. Leaving themselves in a situation where the offense simply had to work the ball up the field to run down the clock and ice it...

Patriots Suffer Worst Win of Brady/Belichick Era, Sox Get Their Man

The Patriots did manage to win the football game yesterday, though it surely won’t seem like it for much of this week, as once again they couldn’t hold onto a fourth quarter lead, and instead appeared to hand the game to the New York Jets when Devin McCourty fumbled a kickoff return with two minutes remaining. The Patriots managed to rally, getting a game-tying field goal from...
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