CAREER TRANSACTIONS Devin McCourty
was drafted by New England in the first round (27th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASONAL REVIEWS 2013 (9/9)
- Has been named a defensive captain three times (2011, 2012 & 2013).
- Selected to his first Pro Bowl in his first season, becoming the fourth Patriots player to be selected as a rookie (Mike Haynes, 1976; John Stephens, 1988; Curtis Martin, 1995).
- Named to the Associated Press All-Pro Second Team in 2010.
- His seven interceptions in 2010 are the second-most by a Patriots rookie in franchise history and tied for second in the NFL in 2010.
2012 (16/16, 2/2)
- Named a co-captain for the third straight year.
- Starts at safety alongside Steve Gregory.
- Made three tackles, defensed a pass and returned a first-quarter fumble, the first fumble recovery of his career, 44 yards that led to a Patriots field goal vs. N.Y. Jets (9/12).
- Registered a season-high 12 tackles at Atlanta (9/29), the fifth double-digit tackle effort of his career. Aslo forced a fumble that went out of bounds.
- Made double-digit tackles (11) for the second straight game at Cincinnati (10/6), and forced a fumble. Also stepped in on kickoffs of an injured Leon Washington, returning three kicks for 74 yards.
- Compiled five tackles vs. Miami (10/27) and initiated a fourth-quarter interception by tipping an errant Ryan Tannehil pass along the sideline to Marquice Cole, who halued in the interception.
- Tallied five tackles and a first-quarter interception vs. Pittsburgh (11/3) thta set up a Patriots touchdown on the ensuing play.
- Elected a defensive co-captain by his teammates for the second consecutive season. Played both cornerback and safety and was utilized as a kick returner.
- Started all 16 regular season games and accumulated 89 tackles, five interceptions, 13 passes defensed and two forced fumbles - one on defense, one on special teams. Also returned 27 kickoffs for 654 yards (24.2 avg) and his first career touchdown - a 104-yard return vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21).
- Started both playoff games and compiled 15 tackles and one special teams tackle.
- Began the season as the starter for the first five games at left cornerback, and moved to start at safety for the next eight games with the injuries to Patrick Chung and the acquisition of Aqib Talib. Moved back to start at left cornerback for the final two regular season contests due to injury.
- Three of his five interceptions came in the Patriots’ end zone to stop a driving opponent: vs. Buffalo (11/11), vs. Houston (12/10) and vs. San Francisco (12/16).
- Shifted to left cornerback due to injuries in the secondary for the win at Jacksonville (12/23) and made five tackles.
- Picked off a pass in the end zone for the second straight week vs. San Francisco (12/16) to accompany his four tackles.
- Had a key interception in the win over Houston (12/10) in the Patriots end zone in the first quarter that led to a Patriots touchdown.
- Compiled a season-high tying nine tackles on defense and forced a fumble on special teams that was returned by Julian Edelman for a touchdown in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/22).
- Started his third straight game at safety and registered a season-high nine tackles, intercepted a Bills pass to seal the win on the final drive a forced a fumble on the Patriots goal line vs. Buffalo (11/11).
- Returned a first-quarter kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown, marking the second-longest kickoff return in Patriots history, a key play in the Patriots overtime win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21). Forced to start at safety due to injuries in the secondary and made three tackles.
- Started and made six tackles and intercepted two passes in the win at Buffalo (9/30). McCourty returned the second pick 34 yards deep into Bills territory and the offense converted the turnover into a touchdown. It was the second two interception game of his career.
- Led the defense with four passes defensed at Baltimore. (9/23). Also made seven tackles.
- Started at cornerback, was second on the team with seven tackles and let the team with two passes defensed in the season-opening win at Tennessee (9/9).
2011 (14/14, 3/3)
- Started all 14 of the games he played, missing two due to injury. Finished the season with two interceptions, 12 passes defensed and 94 tackles.
- Started at cornerback, making seven tackles in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants (2/5).
- Made five tackles in a start at cornerback in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens (1/22).
- Started at cornerback and made seven tackles in the divisional playoff game against the Broncos (1/14).
- Started at cornerback against the Bills but moved to safety, making seven tackles and intercepting a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that he returned 38 yards (1/1).
- Recorded his first interception of the season at the Patriots two-yard line on a deep Matt Moore pass. Added nine tackles and four passes defensed against the Dolphins (12/24).
- Contributed four tackles, a pass defensed and a special teams tackle in a start against the Broncos (12/18).
- Tallied nine tackles, a pass defensed and a special teams tackle against the Redskins (12/11).
- Recorded four tackles in his return to action against the Colts (12/4).
- Was inactive due to injury against the Chiefs (11/21) and Eagles (11/27).
- Made three tackles and one special teams tackle against the Jets before leaving the game with a shoulder injury (11/13)
- Tallied six tackles in a start against the Giants (11/6).
- Registered 11 tackles in a start against the Steelers (10/30).
- Made six tackles in a start against the Cowboys (10/16).
- Made five tackles and a special teams tackle in a start against the Jets (10/9).
- Registered eight tackles in a start against the Raiders (10/2).
- Led the team with eight tackles and one pass defensed against the Bills (9/25).
- Made two tackles against the Chargers (9/18).
- Played every defensive down and led the team with 11 tackles against the Dolphins, recording a special teams tackle and two passes defensed (9/12).
- Registered an interception in the third consecutive game after picking off Mark Sanchez at the New England six-yard line for no gain in the third quarter. Also contributed two tackles and a special teams tackle against the Jets (12/6).
- Recorded two interceptions against the Lions, picking off a Shaun Hill pass in the third quarter and returning it 23 yards to the Detroit 26-yard line, resulting in a Patriots touchdown four plays later. Also intercepted Hill in the fourth quarter, returning it 50 yards to the Detroit 12-yard line and again setting up a Patriots touchdown four plays later. Contributed four tackles and four special teams tackles (11/25).
- Intercepted a Peyton Manning pass in the third quarter at the Patriots' 39-yard line and batted down another Manning pass in the first quarter. Added five tackles in a start against the Colts (11/21).
- Was credited with 10 tackles, a pass defensed and two special teams tackles against the Steelers (11/14).
- Made seven tackles in a start against the Browns (11/7).
- Picked up a game-changing interception of a Brett Favre pass intended for Percy Harvin at the Patriots' 26-yard line and returned it 37 yards. The ensuing drive ended in a Patriots touchdown and a 21-10 lead with 2:25 left in the third quarter. He also broke up a potential 59-yard pass from Favre to Harvin as well as a goal-line pass to Greg Lewis in the fourth quarter (10/31). Also recorded five tackles and one special teams tackle.
- Registered his first NFL interception on a Philip Rivers pass in the second quarter against the Chargers (10/24) and made three tackles on defense.
- Tallied five tackles in his fifth start of the season against the Ravens (10/17).
- Made seven tackles and one special teams tackle in a start against Miami (10/4).
- Started his third straight game as a Patriot and recorded five tackles against Buffalo (9/26).
- Tallied three tackles in a start against the Jets (9/19).
- Played in and started his first NFL game in the season opener against the Bengals, recording six tackles and a pass defensed (9/12).
- In 52 games at Rutgers, McCourty started the last 39 contests at cornerback, recording 238 tackles (149 solos) with a four-yard sack (two assisted), 14.0 stops for minus 34 yards, two pressures, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries … Deflected 27 passes and intercepted six others for 105 yards in returns (17.5 avg.) and two TDs … Also blocked seven kicks (six punts, one field goal) for 102 yards in returns, as six blocks led to Rutgers scoring drives (also scored on an interception return, another on a kickoff return, had two other pass thefts that set up Scarlet Knights scoring drives and a fumble recovery that led to a Rutgers touchdown) … Registered 49 special teams tackles that included 28 stops on the kickoff squad and 21 more for the punt unit … McCourty’s three blocked kicks in 2007 were the most by a Division I player in a season since James King of Central Michigan blocked a total of seven kicks in 2001 … His total of 49 tackles on special teams are the most by a Big East Conference player during the span of the 2006-09 seasons … His two interception returns for touchdowns are tied for seventh on the conference season-record list … His 98-yard kickoff return vs. UConn in 2009 tied Hall Conors (vs. Maryland in 1998) for the third-longest kickoff return in school history…
- 2009 (Senior): Earned All-American and All-Big East Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, becoming the first conference player to earn that honor at two different positions in the same year by that scouting information service (cornerback and special teams) … First-team All-Big East Conference choice by Athlon Sports and Lindy’s magazine … Lindy’s also rated McCourty as the Big East’s “Special Teams Demon” … In addition to his duties at cornerback, also handled kickoff return duties and served on both the kickoff coverage and punt coverage units … Started all 13 games, recording a career-high 80 tackles (49 solos) … Intercepted one pass and deflected 10 others … Averaged 25.43 yards on 14 kickoff returns for 356 yards and a 98-yard touchdown … His 98-yarder ranks third on the school record list…2008 (Junior): First-team All-Big East Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report … Started all 13 games at cornerback, ranking fifth on the team with 57 tackles (37 solos) that also included 1.5 stops for losses of three yards and a pair of fumble recoveries ... Led the team with seven pass deflections and also had one interception … Blocked one punt that was returned 25 yards … Added 13 tackles on special teams (five on punt coverage and eight on kickoff coverage)…2007 (Sophomore): Academic All-Big East Conference selection … Moved into the starting lineup at cornerback, as his twin brother, Jason, manned the other cornerback slot … Ranked sixth on the team with 63 tackles (40 solos) that included an assisted sack for a loss of two yards and 1.5 stops for losses of seven yards in 13 contests … Caused one fumble and recovered two others … Deflected seven passes and gained 36 yards with a touchdown on two interception returns … Also excelled on special teams, as he registered three blocked kicks, returning two blocked punts for 56 yards while fielding an on-side kick-off for a one-yard gain … In addition to his three blocked kicks, McCourty delivered 10 tackles on special teams, including four for the punt coverage unit and six more for the kickoff coverage squad…2006 (Freshman): McCourty earned Academic All-Big East Conference honors during his first season with the varsity … Appeared in all 13 games … Finished 10th on the team with 38 tackles (23 solos), including an assisted sack for a loss of two yards, 1.5 stops for losses of four yards and a quarterback pressure … Recovered a fumble and broke up three passes…Also had two interceptions for 69 yards in returns, including a 38-yard touchdown…Made 15 tackles on special teams – four for the punt coverage squad and 11 for the kickoff coverage unit….2005 (Redshirt): Redshirted as a true freshman while practicing with the defensive backs.
EXTRA POINTS Double Trouble:
- Devin McCourty was born on Aug. 13, 1987.
- Attended Saint Joseph’s (Montvale, N.J.) High School.
- His twin brother, Jason, was a teammate and fellow cornerback at Saint Joseph’s High School and Rutgers. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
- Was an all-league first-team defensive back in his final two seasons, as he played alongside his twin brother.
- After his senior campaign, he was one of nine Rutgers recruits to play in the 2005 New York/New Jersey Governor’s Bowl at Rutgers Stadium.
- Also lettered in basketball, starting at point guard for a team that compiled a 26-2 record during his senior season
- Majored in sociology.
After being selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, CB Devin McCourty became part of a select group in league history. McCourty's identical twin brother, Jason, is a cornerback with Tennessee, selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The two are the 12th set of twins to play in the NFL. Devin and Jason were cornerbacks in the Rutgers secondary from 2005-08. Devin redshirted for the 2005 season and therefore was a year behind his brother in eligibility. McCourty is the second twin to suit up for the Patriots, after CB Kato Serwanga was a member of the team from 1998-2000. His twin brother Jason played for San Francisco and Minnesota from 1999-2001. According to McCourty's mother, the two can only be told apart by tiny scars on their faces left by chickenpox. HONORS & AWARDS 2012
Team Captain 2011
Team Captain 2010
Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team
Peter King's SI.com All-Pro
Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All Rookie Team
Sporting News All-Pro Team 7 INTERCEPTIONS
Rookie CB Devin McCourty tied for second in the NFL and led all rookies with seven interceptions in 2010. The seven interceptions by a Patriots rookie are second to the eight by Mike Haynes in 1976. Most Interceptions by a Patriots Rookie
2010 NFL Interception Leaders
|Ed Reed (BAL)
|Troy Polamalu (PIT)
|Asante Samuel (PHI)
Devin McCourty had a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter vs. the Jets (10/21/12), the second longest kickoff return in team history. Ellis Hobbs has the longest in team history with a 108-yard return for a touchdown at the New York Jets on Sept. 9, 2007. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance. Longest Kickoff Return In Patriots History
||108 yard TD at New York Jets (9/9/07)
||104 yard TD vs. New York Jets (10/21/12)