Wilfork's coverage skills on display in win against Vikings

Mark L. Baer/US PresswireWhen you think of playmakers in the Patriots secondary thoughts of the pro bowler Devin McCourty, the highly touted Revis or second year standout Logan Ryan may come to mind. You normally don't think of a 325 pound defensive lineman.In last week's Patriots game there was a sack by Chandler Jones that was set up by Wilfork dropping back into coverage...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Secondary Striving Despite Lack Of Continuity At Strong Safety

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are trotting out the rare “strong safety-by-committee” this season. Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung and Tavon Wilson were supposed to be competing for the starting role at strong safety during training camp and the preseason, but head coach Bill Belichick has chosen to move forward with a rotation next to Devin McCourty instead through...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wake Up Call: Week 2 Risers and Fallers

There was a moment on Sunday afternoon, with the Vikings having marched down the field for an opening drive touchdown and the Patriots just having completed a three-and-out on their first series, that I wondered if the Patriots season was about to spiral out of control.   Could it be that this defense, filled with first-round picks, wasn’t built to work well as a unit?  Was Tom...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Grade Day: Who played best for the New England Patriots against the Vikings?

The New England Patriots bounced-back in week two in Minnesota as they defeated the Vikings 30 to 7. The Patriots shook off a tough first series that saw the Vikings–sans Adrian Peterson–march down the field methodically and efficiently and jumpt to a 7 to 0 lead. The Patriots came right back with three running plays and a punt. However, an interception and electrifying return...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty Tasked With Stopping Cordarrelle Patterson’s Big Plays

FOXBORO, Mass. — Devin McCourty has a chance to prove he deserved last year’s second-team All-Pro honors when the New England Patriots try to stop Cordarrelle Patterson and the Minnesota Vikings this week. Patterson presents a unique challenge to the Patriots’ secondary, and McCourty will be the last line of defense in hopes to stop any big plays from the 6-foot-2, 220-pound...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

A new look on special teams; the good, the bad, and McCourty

Devin McCourty returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the New York Jets in 2012 matchup. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)On Sunday's shocker upset loss to the Dolphins the Pats showed some new looks on special teams. We saw both Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty in to return kicks for the Patriots. Chung had previously never returned kicks in his professional career but had...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty: Eagles Joint Practices Will Help Patriots Vs. Dolphins

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots haven’t seen a Bill Lazor-led offense, but they might have picked up some clues on what it might look like when they were practicing against the Philadelphia Eagles this summer. Lazor, before being hired by the Miami Dolphins as offensive coordinator, was the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback coach under Chip Kelly in 2013. Lazor is...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots name captains for 2014-15 season

Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe Patriots have named Tom Brady, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty, Dan Connolly and Matthew Slater as team captains for 2014-15.Patriots captains for 2014 season: QB Tom Brady, LB Jerod Mayo, NT Vince Wilfork, DB Devin McCourty, OL Dan Connolly & SPT Matthew Slater.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 3, 2014This isn't much of a surprise...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots players shocked, saddened by Logan Mankins trade

The New England Patriots locker room was shocked and surprised Tuesday to learn Pro Bowl guard and co-captain Logan Mankins was dealt to Tampa Bay in exchange for second-year tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick. “We came in here and were shocked,” cornerback and fellow co-captain Devin McCourty said. “We’re friends, we’re like a family in here. I don’t...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Vince Wilfork eats chicken like a boss

NBC SportsIn a recent Q&A session with Jonathan Soroff of The Improper Bostonian, Patriots safety Devin McCourty had the chance to answer a myriad of questions about his personal life, having an identical twin and of course football.But his response to the question of "who is the biggest pig in the locker room" gives us an interesting story about Vince Wilfork's...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Prepare For Preseason Home Opener Against Eagles (Video)

The New England Patriots are preparing for their preseason home opener Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium by hosting joint practices with the NFC East club this week. Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty knows that his defense will face plenty of tough assignments against an Eagles offense with plenty of stars at the skilled positions, including running...
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Patriot safety Steve Gregory retires at 31

Today former San Diego Charger and New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory announced his retirement. Gregory had a short stint with the Patriots and played tremendous for them but now is hanging up his cleats at the age of 31. Below is the full text of Gregory’s statement, via his agent David Canter. It is […] The post Former Patriot safety Steve Gregory retires at 31 appeared...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots, Devin McCourty aren’t close to getting an extension done

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports,  the Patriots and safety Devin McCourty aren’t close to getting a contract extension done. Devin McCourty‘s move to safety still looks seamless, and it has solved what was a lingering issue for the Patriots. No doubt, they’ll want him around a long time, as he enters the final year of his deal. The sides exchanged some initial proposals...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Still No Progress Between Patriots & S Devin McCourty Regarding An Extension

  According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there still is a chance that the Patriots and S Devin McCourty could discuss a long-term extension before the start of the regular season. However, La Canfora reports that, “there hasn’t been any movement” in contract talks since the two parties exchanged some initial proposals this offseason. La Canfora mentions that New England...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty Needs to be Leader for Patriots Secondary in 2014

Devin McCourty has had a fair share of ups and downs in his first four NFL seasons with the New England Patriots. As he prepares for the upcoming 2014 season, his fifth year in the NFL, he knows expectations are raised even higher. McCourty’s transition from cornerback to safety late during the 2011 season was not easy, but it was necessary for the Patriots secondary to improve...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty: Patriots’ ‘Little Scuffles’ In Training Camp Nothing New

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have had their fair share of scuffles in the first week of training camp, but that’s nothing new for an NFL team grinding through the summer. All-Pro safety Devin McCourty stressed that “the new physical Patriots defense” might just be a manufactured storyline. “You got a bunch of new guys out there, everyone wants to write a...
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis: ‘I’m in the best shape of my career’

New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis is nearly two years removed from ACL surgery and said last week that he’s in the best shape of his career. “I’m just so excited,” Revis said. “I’ve been in the best shape in my career, and I’m just happy to be out here and play ball.” Revis played in all 16 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, but he wasn’t...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: New England Patriots have to find a partner for Devin McCourty

While the New England Patriots reloaded in the defensive backfield this offseason by signing free agent cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the team is still thin at safety with little proven depth behind All-Pro free safety Devin McCourty. Earlier in the offseason the Patriots released Steve Gregory, their starting strong safety of the past two seasons. In his place...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Training Camp Preview: Safety

The New England Patriots finally found an answer at safety in 2013 in Devin McCourty, after years of...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss says Devin McCourty extension matter of 'when,' not 'if'

Credit: Associated PressESPNBoston's Mike Reiss, in his "Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL & Pats" column, said that he felt a contract extension for Patriots safety Devin McCourty was a matter of "when" and not "if."Reiss says on the possibility of a McCourty extension:"Media reports last month that the Patriots had reached out to defensive...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty recruiting Kevin Durant to Boston

This is a cross-post with, orginally written by Bill Stiles.Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesLast night was the ESPY Awards, the night each year that ESPN takes off from 8 hours of LeBron James coverage to give awards to the most under appreciated individuals: millionaire athletes. Honestly, each year there are some great moments to come out of the event (such...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty ‘Snubbed’ by NFL Top 100

Devin McCourty was snubbed by not placing in the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list. After ranking as’s top rated safety in the NFL, McCourty was overlooked by the NFL. Only one defensive player remained in the final ten, and that honor belonged to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. McCourty, who was a first round draft choice of the New England...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Beyond the Numbers: The Rise of Patriots Safety Devin McCourty | - 2014 NFL Draft

Beyond the Numbers: The Rise of Patriots Safety Devin McCourty | - 2014 NFL...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty: Greg Schiano Tougher Than Bill Belichick

Devin McCourty says that Greg Schiano is a tougher coach then Bill Belichick (Photo by AP)   While appearing on NESN Live with co-hosts  Elle Duncan and Sarah Davis, Devin McCourty answered the question about who was the tougher coach to play for. McCourty had this to say, “Ooh, Greg Schiano. Toughest coach I’ve ever played for. He’s more of a yeller and a screamer. He...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

McCourty: Edelman is harder to cover than Welker

Patriots safety Devin McCourty was a guest on NESN Live and was asked who’s hard er to cover Julian Edelman or Wes Welker. “Julian Edelman,” McCourty answered. “We don’t ever root for any Broncos around here.” var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; Loading... ZergNet The post McCourty: Edelman...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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