The New England Patriots are trimming their roster down to 53 players, and they’ve already released Mike Gillislee and Danny Etling. What about Jason McCourty?
Jason McCourty is safe, as confirmed by Doug Kyed of NESN.com. The cornerback made the 53-man roster, and survived the trimming process.
Things may change in near future, but McCourty will sure appreciate the chance he was given. The veteran cornerback had an important role in the preseason finale against the New York Giants. This helped him secure his place in the roster.
We all noticed that McCourty wasn’t really concerned about his Week 1 in Foxboro.
“No, I have no concern at all. I think I have played this game long enough to know that you control what you can control and whatever they decide is up to them. I felt like throughout training camp, preseason, I have done my best. I felt like I have been able to execute, pick up the defense and those things. The ultimate decision of whether I am here or not is not in my hands,” McCourty said after the big win.
Head coach Bill Belichick was impressed with his game. “Well I think he made a big jump this week. He did a good job last week, made some good tackles and I think just overall more comfortable this week, showed up on the practice field and looked like it tonight too, so that was encouraging,” Belichick said at the press conference.
McCourty progressed a lot within the two weeks of the preseason, and this helped him secure his spot.
The New England Patriots traded for McCourty this offseason in the deal with the Browns. Last season, McCourty had 65 tackles, three interceptions and 14 passes defended for Cleveland. That was a nice job. He may be even better this year.