Devin McCourty: ‘Whatever’s been asked, I’ve done’
|06.14.12 at 11:02 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Devin McCourty is ready to do whatever is asked of him.
Whether it’s playing right cornerback, safety, returning kicks or speaking to rookies, the twin brother of Jason McCourty plans on making the right impression this summer with Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
That much was clear from his exit interview with reporters on the final day of minicamp on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.
After a sophomore slump of a second second season with the Patriots, a season in which he lost his starting right corner job toward the end of the season, McCourty has been seeing a lot of time as a safety in Belichick’s nickel and dime packages, which have become much more than just “sub” packages in the complex Patriots defensive schemes. McCourty still has great ball skills, which also makes him ideal for kick returning, which he’s also done some in OTAs and minicamp.
“I think the biggest thing is whatever has been asked, I’ve done,” McCourty said Thursday. “So, in the past, I’ve done different things so I think it all equals out in the end.”
Belichick hasn’t been the only one to notice McCourty’s willingness to go the extra mile. So, too, has the NFL. They have invited him and his brother Jason to the NFL rookie symposium in Aurora, Ohio from June 25-28.
“I think it’s a great program and I kind of feel honored that they asked us to come back and speak,” McCourty said. “I’m just going to try and share some things I went through and see if I can give some rookies a head start heading into their first year.”
The symposium will also feature NFL players who have been on the wrong side of the law and the NFL in the past, like Adam “PacMan” Jones of the Bengals.
“It was big because you get to hear from people that you saw out there making plays as rookies did a couple of years ago,” McCourty said of his experience in July 2010. “But we also got to hear from veterans like Cris Carter, guys that were able to stay in this league a long time. For them to give us tips, I think that was valuable.
“Just tell them of my experience and a lot of what I’ll tell them is what I’ve learned from being here and being around older guys. When I first got here, I listened to guys like James Sanders and Brandon Meriweather and my last year, with Kevin Faulk being here, a lot of the things I’ll tell them will just be from the different things he shared with me, and how I was able to use what he said and go by that.”
One reason McCourty might find himself with Patrick Chung as a safety in the Patriots secondary is the return of Ras-I Dowling to a corner position in the secondary. Dowling started the 2011 opener in Miami but missed most of the season with a hip injury.
‘First of all, I’m just happy for him. He’s a guy that you always can see how eager he is to try to get better and to learn,” McCourty said. “Like you said, last year with him being out, he did a lot of just trying to study film and stay in it that way. I’m happy now that he’s getting the opportunity to be out here and he’s working hard. I think he’s doing a good job of just trying to pick up from where he left off last year and improving on that.’