New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty looked fantastic at his new position last season, and he went from being a solid cornerback to being somebody who could very well be an elite safety. McCourty is more than astute in coverage, has great ball skills, and he continues to do excellent work in run defense. He is one of the brightest young stars in the defensive backfield in the NFL, and it’s a little disappointing to see that some Patriots fans are slow to catch on to how good McCourty is becoming.
Anyway, McCourty underwent a minor shoulder injury, and it seems like there needed to be some cleaning up there. He injured that shoulder in the 2011 season and had to miss a brief period time because of it, but McCourty was not injured last season. There were rumblings that he still had a slightly separated shoulder last season, but McCourty’s injury has been categorized as minor.
Here is what McCourty said about the current state of his shoulder, via the Boston Herald, “It’s coming along. It’s a day-by-day process, just trying to do things, whatever they tell me to do in rehab and try to get it better. It’s moving along.”
He also took some time to continue to praise new Patriots safety Adrian Wilson, and it sounds like they will have great chemistry at the position. When you have a pair of safeties with excellent chemistry, then that can be something special. That’s especially true when one of them is a budding elite safety, whereas the other is a veteran who once was one of the game’s best at the position.
It’s great to hear that McCourty is progressing well, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will be ready for training camp and won’t suffer any setbacks heading into the 2013 season on his shoulder.
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