Monday, November 5, 2012

McCourty could be fixed at safety starting this week


After acquiring a new cornerback, the New England Patriots might have a new safety.

New England traded for troubled cornerback Aqib Talib last week via a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to bolster its terrible secondary. Since Talib is a better cover cornerback than anyone on the Patriots' roster, New England has a little flexibility at defensive back.

Cornerback Devin McCourty played a handful of games at safety last season and has done so this year as of late thanks to injuries to Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory. Speculation has McCourty making a permanent move to safety. (photo: Beth Hart, Flickr)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn't confirm to reporters Monday whether or not it's ideal to put him in one spot and keep him there.

"I'm not sure if that's necessarily the case because he's a pretty flexible kid, both physically and mentally," he said. "I think he can handle the movement but I think the more consistent we can be as a unit then that builds their communication and better teamwork between the players that are involved."

As for Talib, Belichick gave a very elaborate answer on why he bought Talib was a good fit with New England.

"I think he's a good player," Beilichick said. "I think he can help our football team. That's why we traded for him."


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