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Patriots Defensive Back Devin McCourty Media Availability Transcript - 8/15/2015

New England Patriots DB Devin McCourty addresses the media following Training Camp practice at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Q: Could you use a hot day like this, considering you're going to West Virginia?

DM: Yeah, I didn't think it was that hot today. You can see I have all black [on], so I thought it was a pretty good day out here. 

Q: That's blue.

DM: No, that's black. You can't tell; the sun is hitting it at the wrong angle. See, the shorts are blue.

Q: They had you lined up in a few different spots out there. Do you enjoy the opportunity to play out near the boundary a little more?

DM: I'm just playing. That's it.

Q: No preference?

DM: Just playing. 

Q: What is the experience going to be like traveling to West Virginia for practices with the Saints?

DM: It's always fun. I think it helps training camp a little bit when you get to go out there and practice against a different team, see different looks, not seeing the same guys, hitting on the same guys every day. I also think it's good for the young guys. You get to see a different look. You come into the NFL and it's just your team, you start to think that's all you're going to see. Obviously, our offense gives us a lot, but I think it's always good to see other good players, especially on defense to see a guy like Drew Brees in practice, that will definitely help.

Q: Aside from a new contract, has anything changed in training camp for you?

DM: No, just another year older, trying to be smarter, be a better leader and be a better player as well.

Q: How do you go about being a better leader?

DM: Just making sure guys stick to playing at a high level, taking on more responsibilities, especially for your group. For me, my side of the ball, defensively making sure guys are ready to go, trying to give them different things older guys gave me when I came into the league and tell them different things. So, [I] just try to pass that knowledge on. 

Q: How much does your prior experience at cornerback help out, since you've kind of been all over this field?

DM: I don't know. I think just playing football, you always help guys out that have just got here. No matter where I've played, I just think overall knowing defense to help guys out.

Q: Have you ever had back-to-back years where you've had the same position and role?

DM: That's a good question. Honestly, I don't remember, so I don't know. Probably not, though. I'll have to think about it. 

Q: Do you expect the unexpected from Bill Belichick in terms of where and how he is going to use you?

DM: I really don't have a choice, so you have to. 

Q: What have been your early impressions of the secondary thus far?

DM: Guys are continuing to work hard. Guys are improving mistakes. I think training camp [and] preseason altogether is just a battle that you've got to just stick at. You've got to fix things that you've made mistakes at. You've got to try to improve every day. And I think the preseason is kind of like that first test, the first preseason game. You just learn more each game you go on, so I think we just have to stick at it. 

Q: Do you put more pressure on yourself because you're a leader?

DM: To me, at the end of the day it's football. You've got to get better. You're not going to be as good as you're going to be at the end of the season in your first preseason game. To me, you've got to get better, and I think it comes from the whole team, not just one or two individuals. 

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