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Devin McCourty won't call it a 'Hallmark card-like proud moment,' but he's happy for his brother Jason

Ryan Hannable
October 12, 2018 - 10:31 am

FOXBORO -- Over the last couple of weeks, one of the better players on the Patriots defense has been Jason McCourty.

The twin brother of Devin has come into his own and been a solid No. 2 corner opposite of Stephon Gilmore. McCourty has slid into that role following Eric Rowe suffering a groin injury and has logged over 85 percent of the defensive snaps in each of the last three games.

Speaking Thursday, Devin acknowledged he's happy for his brother, but from a success of the team aspect.

"Honestly, it’s not even like a – I know it’s supposed to be like a Hallmark card-like proud moment, but I just look at it as he’s another guy on our team that stepped up," Devin said. "We rely on a lot of guys in that locker room. But it’s not like something – I think for you guys, it’s like, “Oh man, Jason McCourty’s playing well, we never knew.” For us, it was like, “J-Mac’s in there, he’s ready to go when his name’s called.” And he’s just gone out there and played."

Devin also noted his brother has already taken on a leadership role in the secondary.

"I mean, just I think as far as like scheme, learning the defense. But other than that, I think it’s been simple for him as far as learning the defense," he said. "To me, he’s been more of a leader than leaning on me just in the corner room. He’s a very vocal guy, very similar to me in that way of helping Keion [Crossen], J.C. [Jackson], talking to those guys. He’s been a guy that we can rely on to play multiple positions in our scheme, so I wouldn’t even say it’s as much leaning on me. We’ve counted on him a lot when he’s been out there to not just play corner but to also be a communicator, be a guy that can help get everything set."

The McCourty twins will have their work cut out for them Sunday night when Pat Mahomes and the second-ranked offense in the NFL come to town with a perfect 5-0 record on the season.

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