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AFC East top 25, No. 20: Patriots FS Devin McCourty

Posted by Erik Frenz  May 13, 2013 08:00 AM

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Counting down the top 25 players in the AFC East, one player at a time, one day at a time.

Why Devin McCourty?

It's been an up-and-down start to Devin McCourty's three-year career, but 2012 was solid for McCourty no matter where he lined up.

mccourty FS and CB in 2012.pngAccording to Pro Football Focus, McCourty allowed 50.9 percent completions into his coverage, even better than his 2010 numbers. He played less at safety, and was targeted less, but in his limited body of work, he allowed six receptions and one touchdown on 15 targets while coming down with three interceptions.

There were moving parts all around McCourty. In addition to acquiring Aqib Talib, the Patriots moved Alfonzo Dennard to the outside and Kyle Arrington to the slot. Things changed for McCourty throughout the season, too, but one thing that didn't change was his level of play.

With a full offseason to work on his technique at safety, he could quickly develop into one of the top safeties in the league.

Did you know?

Since 2006, Devin McCourty has logged more interceptions than his twin brother Jason every year except 2011 (Devin had one, Jason had two).

Check back every morning as we reveal one player a day on our way to No. 1 in the top 25.


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