November 11, 2012

Patriots Beat: Post-Halloween Pats a fright in their own secondary

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Devin McCourty, shown here against the Rams, has helped stabilize the Patriots’ inconsistent pass defense with his place at safety after moving over from cornerback.

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McCourty, who has two interceptions, nine pass defenses and is third on the team in tackles (39), looks more comfortable at safety than at the corner, perhaps because he sees the game differently.

"As a corner you see guys individually," he said. "Even in zone coverage, you see the quarterback and you see what's in your zone. At safety, you see the whole field so you see all the guys and what they're doing and where they're going."

The Patriots have given no indication where he will play Sunday or in the future. Talib's presence could let them leave McCourty at safety. Or they could pair the two on the corners.

Gregory said no matter where McCourty plays, he'll be a force.

"Dev's a great athlete," said Gregory. "He understands football, he's a smart football player, he understands what we're trying to do on defense."

McCourty simply says he'll play "whatever they tell me to play." His only concern right now is that the Patriots get things right.

"We've had some up-and-down moments this year so our focus is on consistency and playing well as a team," he said. "If we can do that, we'll be all right."

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