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Jason McCourty not concerned with cuts coming

Ryan Hannable
August 30, 2018 - 11:43 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Although he's a 10-year veteran, Jason McCourty is on the bubble to make the Patriots' 53-man roster.

But, McCourty is using that experience to keep himself from stressing out over the next 24-48 hours when he learns if he's made the Patriots' initial roster.

“No, I have no concern at all," he said after Thursday's preseason finale. "I think I have played this game long enough to know that you control what you can control and whatever they decide is up to them. I felt like throughout training camp, preseason, I have done my best. I felt like I have been able to execute, pick up the defense and those things. The ultimate decision of whether I am here or not is not in my hands.”

McCourty said he's been given no indication one way or the other.

"The way this thing works is you do all preseason and then they make the decision," he said. "Typically nobody in this locker room is told before the game, ‘Hey, you made the team.’ Obviously, there’s a select group guys who know for sure, but we’ll see when everything unfolds.”

After playing safety for the first time in his football career last week, McCourty did it again Thursday, but only this time he didn't play any cornerback. Bill Belichick noted afterwards he saw a lot of gains between this week and last week from him at the new position. It would seem like the Patriots are trying to add some versatility to his game to make him worth keeping around.

Also, given he has a base salary of $2.35 million for this season, it wouldn't be a complete shock to see the Patriots release him, but then re-sign him right away to a new value once contracts aren't guaranteed for the year.

The twin of Devin acknowledged it has been fun playing with him for the first time and he's soaked in every moment.

“It has been really cool throughout the process being with him," he said. "At the end of the day, this thing is a business and obviously playing with each other is a small part of it, but we don’t decide that either. If you’re not here, if you have a better opportunity elsewhere, I wouldn’t say I would pass up on everything just to play with Dev. Obviously this has been a unique process so far and it has been a lot of fun having him next to me, being able to have our families hangout with one another, mom having to come to one city to see us play. …

"I have enjoyed every moment of it. Just coming in, even in April, I put a premium on that of just you don’t know what is going to unfold, how this is going to go, so just make sure throughout the process you enjoy every moment and soak it all in."

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