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Devin McCourty on D&C: ‘I prepare just like it’s a regular game’

08.26.11 at 8:33 am ET
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Devin McCourty

Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as the Patriots prepare for Saturday night’s preseason game against the Lions in Detroit. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

“They’re explosive,” McCourty said of the Lions. “When you watch their offense, they have a bunch of guys that are making plays.”

Pressed about if he knows how much he’ll be playing Saturday, McCourty insisted that Bill Belichick does not share that information with his troops. “You never really know how much you’re going to play,” McCourty said, adding: “However long coach Belichick tells me to be out there, I’ll be out there.”

The second-year player also said he doesn’t have any mental letdowns in the preseason.

“I prepare just like it’s a regular game,” he said. “Once you go out there, there’s really no different feeling. You still have the fans in the crowd. You still have all the players preparing. It’s not like you wear a different jersey in the preseason. You come out there and the only thing that is different is it doesn’t count, but it has the same feeling as [regular-season] game time.”

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