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Devin McCourty knows first-hand how fast new Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett is

Ryan Hannable
September 04, 2017 - 11:00 am

FOXBORO -- Although the Patriots don't have any experience with Phillip Dorsett on their roster, they do have some experience playing against him.

Dorsett was a rookie in 2015 when the Patriots played the Colts in Indianapolis. One of the players who was forced to cover him was safety Devin McCourty. McCourty actually lined up across from Dorsett on one play in that game and was flagged for pass interference, the last time he's been called for such a penalty.

Speaking Sunday at Gillette Stadium, McCourty acknowledged how fast Dorsett is and what an asset it can be to the offense.

"Just being able to get behind you," McCourty said. "As a defense, you always want to know the guys that can go vertical that can make plays even on reverses and different things like that. Guys that can catch a 5-yard pass and because of their speed be able to take off. It's exciting to get him. Anytime you get new guys in here to see how they can help the team. I think we do a good job of welcoming guys and trying to bring them along and get moving forward as fast as we can."

The former first-round pick out of Miami was traded to New England for Jacoby Brissett on Saturday.

In his two years in the league, Dorsett has 51 receptions for 753 yards and three touchdowns.

Most known for his speed, it would appear he will run a lot of go routes and stretch the defense with the Patriots. This could help players like Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and the running backs get open over the middle.

Dorsett participated in his first practice as a Patriot on Sunday.