Grinnell: “McCourty May Be Best Option At Cornerback”

Mike Grinnell follow @ESPNGrinnell

This offseason Devin McCourty signed a 5 year, $47.M contract with the New England Patriots, including a $15,M signing bonus, $28.5M guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $9.5M making him the highest paid safety in the game.


Patriots’ Devin McCourty breaking up pass against Colts’ TY Hilton.

Saturday, August 21, Devin McCourty took the field with his teammates to face off against the New Orleans Saints in the second preseason game of the season. McCoutry’s number was called, as usual, this time at a different position though.

When Devin McCourty was drafted by the New England Patriots, he wasn’t drafted at the position that has made him a very, very rich man. He was drafted as a cornerback, where he went to a Pro Bowl in his rookie season. Also, where the veteran lined up on Saturday night in New Orleans.

“After making him the highest paid safety in the game, why would they play him at cornerback?” They said.

The former Rutgers star’s work at cornerback was geared toward giving him a background at a different position because that type of situation could come up during the regular season explained Bill Belichick when speaking with the media on Thursday.

In Bill We Trust…..right?

No. Bill Belichick brought in statistically the worst defensive back in all of football in Bradley Fletcher, formally of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s okay though, everyone makes mistakes. Super Bowl’s can make Patriots fans forget who else was brought in to replace quite possibly the greatest duo at cornerback in New England Patriots history, in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.

Tarell Brown, also brought in by Bill Belichick this off season to fill the void at cornerback, formally of the Oakland Raiders and San Fransico 49ers, is a good depth guy. But there is a serious problem if he is starting across from the Super Bowl sensation Malcolm Butler.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly would rather Devin McCourtey lined up as my starting cornerback, then either of these two stiffs.

Jordan Richards

STANFORD, CA – November 23, 2013: The Stanford Cardinal vs the Cal Bears at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, CA. Final score Stanford Cardinal 63, Cal Bears 13.

You would think the Patriots would address their need at cornerback in the draft, right?

Wrong again. They drafted Jordan Richards, free safety out of Stanford, the McCourty replacement, who has got nothing but rave reviews from Patriots camp and the preseason.

A defensive backfield that consisted of Jordan Richards and Patrick Chung starting at safety and Malcolm Butler, Devin McCourty and Rolando McClain (slot) starting at cornerbacks, I think could be a good, not great, secondary, but worthy enough to get you to the Super Bowl.

I don’t mind Devin McCourty at cornerback, not because he would be a good cornerback, but he may just be the best we have…




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