Converted from cornerback to free safety in the regular season, Devin McCourty is one of the six captains on the New England Patriots and the best defensive back on the Pats (yes, he’s better than Aqib Talib and easily superior to Adrian Wilson…not that those two are bad players, though). McCourty played at an incredible level after making the switch to FS, and he will have a stable veteran at strong safety to work with in tandem in offseason signing Adrian Wilson.
During minicamps, Wilson has been a popular topic due to his terrific performance on Tuesday. Not only did he pick off a pass on a trick play, but he also had an incredible pass breakup at the goal-line to deny Ryan Mallett from connecting with impressive UDFA tight end Zach Sudfeld.
Wilson took the time yesterday to praise Devin McCourty (via ESPN Boston), who is a star on the Patriots and has a strong shot at being an All-Pro player, ”He’s a good player. He does a lot of different things, he plays a lot of different positions, and he’s very smart. Like I said, he’s been in the system for a while, so to be able to lean on him is definitely a plus.”
Whenever Wilson speaks, the new Patriots strong safety is always sure to mention that his goal is to work hard and be a part of a winning tradition in New England. I am confident that his struggles in coverage last season were exaggerated by the Arizona Cardinals, but I mostly believe that Wilson will bounce-back from what was truly a mediocre year for him. Wilson is still a good player, and he showed it at Tuesday’s minicamp by flying around and making several plays. He is going to be an important mentor for Tavon Wilson, and the Patriots should have a great duo (perhaps, trio) of safeties in 2013. It’s exciting to think that safety, once a glaring weakness at the beginning of the 2012 season, will likely be a position of strength for the New England Patriots next season.