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Why was Jason McCourty playing safety vs. Panthers?

Ryan Hannable
August 24, 2018 - 11:50 pm

CHARLOTTE -- When it comes to the Patriots, it's always about the more you can do to help the team, and that is what we saw Friday with Jason McCourty in the third preseason game.

For the first time in his entire football life, Pop Warner included, he lined up as a safety.

“Never. I practiced it before in college, but never played in a game at safety," McCourty said after the game.

Jason McCourty, the twin brother of Patriots safety Devin, entered the game at corner on the third defensive series of the game and then on the final series of the first half he was shifted back to safety. This continued for the first couple series' of the second half. 

The Rutgers product feels he has a long way to go and his brother Devin made sure to let him know.

“I still have a lot of work to do," he said. "It was cool to be back there. Every time I came off the field [Devin] had at least 5-10 coaching points of something I could have done better. Definitely a cool opportunity to have a guy like him and guys like [Patrick] Chung, Duron [Harmon], who have been doing it for awhile in this defense to be able to ask them questions and different things of that nature. Still trying to learn that position. Still playing corner and doing both of them and trying to excel at them.”

McCourty remains in the mix at cornerback, but there are several young players pushing for roster spots and this could be a case of the Patriots doing what they can to make sure they can fit the 10-year veteran on the roster by adding another position to his mix.

“Trying to do as much as possible," McCourty said. "Whatever is asked, I am just trying to do it to the best of my ability.”

McCourty said he was just told of the change this week and has no idea what the plan is moving forward, but he will do whatever is asked.

“I don’t really know what their plan is moving forward, but for right now for me it was something that was asked of me and I took it as a great opportunity to be able to go out there and kind of show myself what I could do at the position and anybody that was watching," he said.

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