Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 1/27 -- Devin McCourty, CB, 5-11, 193, Rutgers, McCourty is a well-rounded corner with zone and man skills who was also considered one of the best special teams players in the draft. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/16/13 - --CB Devin McCourty (shoulder) was limited on Wednesday. McCourty had shoulder surgery this offseason.
08/24/13 - FS Devin McCourty finally got rid of his red, non-contact jersey for practice last week and then made his preseason debut in Detroit with limited action with the first defense.
08/19/13 - FS Devin McCourty has taken his usual full reps in practice during the first two weeks of training camp, although he is wearing a red, non-contact jersey as he comes back from offseason shoulder surgery. He's been inactive for both preseason games.
07/31/13 - FS Devin McCourty has taken his usual full reps in practice during the first week of training camp, although he is wearing a red, non-contact jersey as he comes back from offseason shoulder surgery.
01/18/13 - DB Devin McCourty was New England's starting cornerback in a Week 3 loss in Baltimore in which Ravens big-play threat Torrey Smith went for 127 yards and two touchdowns. McCourty struggled that day against Smith.
Now, McCourty is New England's starting safety and Aqib Talib will likely see a lot of Smith, who remains hot after a pair of touchdowns in last weekend's upset of the Broncos in Denver. The Patriots are well aware of what Joe Flacco, Smith and the rest of the Ravens passing attack can do in terms of big plays and the defensive backs are focused on stopping it.
"It's just a different role," McCourty said of moving to safety, "but I think as all of us, as secondary players, we have to realize it's our job to kind of try to take away those deep passes. We can't allow them to just throw the ball over our heads. I think all of us have to have that mentality and understand what they're trying to do and I think the biggest thing is understanding how strong Flacco's arm is because I think we already know how fast some of the receiver are over there. So it's just being aware and making plays down the field."
And McCourty is well aware of how fast Smith is. "If you give him a step or two, it will turn into three or four."