Commentary

Rookie Watch: Pats' McCourty grows

Originally Published: December 1, 2010
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.

Thanksgiving seems like a long time ago now, but cornerback Devin McCourty was exceptional as he snatched two interceptions to help the New England Patriots down the Detroit Lions.

On the Week 13 edition of ESPN's "Monday Night Football," the Patriots are hosts to the New York Jets in a huge AFC East showdown. The teams will have had a few extra days to prepare. Still, McCourty will be challenged by Jets receivers Santonio Holmes and/or Braylon Edwards.

The first-round selection (27th overall) entered the league with a reputation as an elite special teams player but has quickly developed into an excellent cornerback. The former Rutgers star is very physical with good size and strength. McCourty isn't afraid to mix it up with bigger wideouts or come up to stop the run. He also can play off coverage, zone or man-to-man. And the best is yet to come. New England really will have something at cornerback next year when they match McCourty with the expected return of injured Leigh Bodden.

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