Devin McCourty was fearful at the end of the 2014 NFL season that he was going to be released by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Despite being an integral part of a Patriots team that had just toppled the Seattle Seahawks and won the Super Bowl, by early March, McCourty was willing to accept that his future may have to lead him elsewhere.
McCourty was out of contract and plenty of other NFL teams were more than interested in his services, but the Patriots eventually made the right decision to offer him a new deal, which in turn elevated his status within the locker room at the Pats.
But just because McCourty is now more settled at the Patriots, don't think for a second that the star safety is comfortable with New England's current predicament.
The Patriots are currently in a transition period defensively after letting both of their Super Bowl winning top cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, leave the franchise.
Safe to say that the Patriots star is worried about how good his team can actually be on defense in the upcoming season, with McCourty providing some relatively worrying comments for the media on Wednesday.
“I’d be lying if I came out here and told you we were gonna be great. Same thing last year — when we all got together, we didn’t know what to expect. We gotta put the work in now," McCourty explained, ProFootballTalk reported.
"We’ll grow as the process goes on, once we get on the field for OTAs and we’ll start practicing, doing things like that. That’s where you put the work in, and give yourself a chance to be a good secondary.”
The fact that the Patriots were in the same situation last year and provided some strong play defensively should give Pats fans a sense of assurance.
Without Revis and Browner, New England will definitely struggle to be as dominant on defense, but Tom Brady and co will no doubt make up for any struggles the defense might endure during this transition period.
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