Re: Devin McCourty has minor surgery
posted at 3/29/2013 7:23 PM EDT
McCourty finished his rookie season, having started all 16 games, with 82 tackles, 7 interceptions, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles and 17 passes defensed. He was named to the 2011 Pro Bowl, and was named a First Team All-Pro by the Sporting News and Second Team All-Pro by The Associated Press. Other than winner Ndamukong Suh, McCourty was the only rookie to earn votes (2 of 50) for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Last year McCourty was our best player in the backfield, he led the entire team with 5 interceptions, passes defensed with 13, was second on the entire team with 60 tackles, had two forced fumbles.
During week seven on October 21, 2012, McCourty got his first career kickoff return touchdown in a 29-26 overtime win against the New York Jets. McCourty was subsequently named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7.
In week ten McCourty's interception at the end of the game sealed the fate of the Bills who were making a last minute come back. McCourty first made a goal-line strip of Fred Jackson on a drive that seemed destined for a touchdown. Two drives later, McCourty ended a potential game-winning drive with an end-zone interception, essentially winning the game all by himself.
Playing cornerback gives McCourty the best opportunity to make big plays but he plays safety because it makes the entire defense better, his athleticism and ball skills have led him to 14 interception and 43 total pass defenses through the first 46 games of his career, with 197 tackles it adds up to some impressive totals.
The defensive backfield have done an admirable job in the three years Devin has been a Patriot, ranking 1st, 2nd and 5th to lead the NFL in interceptions, it's especially impressive considering this defense hasn't ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks for the past three years.
Anyone knocking McCourty should consider following tennis instead, because you don't know squat about football.