New England Patriots Links 5/22/12 - McCourty Shouldering Two Positions

Devin McCourty breaks up a pass intended for Vincent Jackson last September: That's the McCourty we know and love.

Jeff Howe reports Devin McCourty is preparing for both cornerback and safety positions.

"There’s no one set position," McCourty said yesterday. "If I knew, I would tell you."

Because Belichick consistently preaches versatility, McCourty said he never ruled out the possibility of switching positions, even after a successful rookie season.

"Here? To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t have told you ‘no way’ at all," McCourty said. "We’ve got guys that played offense and defense. To think a guy can’t move and play some corner and some safety, I don’t think it’s crazy."

Regardless of his position, McCourty said his top goal for 2012 is to maintain consistency. To achieve that, he’s become more dedicated to self-scouting, watching film to see how receivers try to attack him. Those tendencies can be telling, and they point him in the right direction for training purposes.

"You put everything into this," McCourty said. "Sometimes you get good plays, you get bad plays. I think in this sport, you really have to focus on what’s next and how to go from there, working on your game, trying to improve.

"Last year, to me, is over. The ups and downs and different things played a part of that. But I still feel like I put in work, and I’m going to keep putting in work and trying to improve."

Jeff Howe reveals Devin McCourty might have played through more pain than anyone realized last season, after suffering a separated right shoulder in the Week 10 victory over the Jets.

"It’s doing better," McCourty said. "I’m rehabbing it. It’s getting stronger, progressing."

"It’s like anything," McCourty said. "During the season, you always get some bumps and bruises. Rehabbing, working through it, I was able to get back pretty fast."

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