While Devin and Jason McCourty are identical twins, there are some differences in their abilities on the football field.
Jason spoke to the media on Tuesday following the announcement that he had been traded to the Patriots. He offered a range of opinions, including how he sees himself in comparison to his brother, who’s already a fixture in the Patriots’ secondary. While Jason looks to slide into a starting cornerback role, Devin has been a starting safety on multiple New England Super Bowl teams.
But as to the question of which brother is faster, it’s no surprise who Jason thinks holds the advantage.
“I’m definitely faster than him,” said Jason. Statistically, this was measurably true when the two were rookies. At the 2009 Rutgers pro day, he ran a 4.30 40-yard dash. Devin, who participated in the NFL combine, ran a 4.48.
He agreed with his brother that Devin is a more physical player.
“I think some of our skill sets have kind of adjusted to what our roles within our teams have been,” Jason explained. “For him, making that switch from corner to safety, he’s had to become more physical coming down in the box or coming up making tackles.”
One item that remains up for debate is who gives a superior speech.
“We can have the debate on who did the better pregame speeches. He already told me don’t come in there thinking that I’m going to take over the pregame speech because that’s his thing. I may have to just sneak one for a game or two.”
Asked about the day of the trade, Jason described it as a “roller coaster” ride. It began with a call from the Cleveland Browns explaining that he’d be released. An hour later, still processing the news, Devin FaceTimed him:
“As I got released [Devin] showed me he texted Flo [Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores] and was just like, ‘Man, how do we get Jason to New England?’ Dev said, ‘I’m going to text Bill [Belichick],’ so I think he hit up Bill about it, but I think at that point the trade was already in the process.”
Jason then spoke to his brother again, receiving the news shortly thereafter.
“He was just like, ‘Yo, don’t worry about it. We’re going to trade for you. You’re coming to New England.’ I was just kind of looking at him because I thought he was joking around. Probably about five minutes later I get a call from John Dorsey, the GM in Cleveland, and he’s like, ‘I got some news for you. We’re not going to release you, so we’re going to trade you to New England.’ It was, I guess, a roller coaster type of day.”