Devin McCourty
Devin McCourty
31-Year-Old SafetyS
New England Patriots
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After three straight years of fewer than 70 tackles, McCourty's tackle production spiked upward the last two years, taking him from the fringe to the mainstream of IDP utility in the process. It's reasonable to worry that this is a blip rather than a new status quo, but in the meantime we know McCourty is likely to play well over 1,000 snaps if healthy, so if he regresses it won't be for any lack of opportunity. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2015.
Plans to play in 2019
SNew England Patriots
February 22, 2019
McCourty said he will continue his football career in 2019, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
McCourty has started 139 regular-season games and 22 playoff games in nine NFL seasons, serving as one of the few mainstays on a New England defense that tends to cycle through a lot of players. A contract extension might make sense even if the 31-year-old safety isn't sure about playing beyond 2019, as he's currently scheduled for a $13.44 million cap hit in the final year of his contract, per The two-time Pro Bowler had just one interception in each of the past three seasons, averaging 84.7 tackles, 5.3 passes defensed, 1.3 fumble recoveries and 0.7 forced fumbles while starting every game in that span.
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Measurables Review
How do Devin McCourty's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
195 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.38 sec
Shuttle Time
4.07 sec
Cone Drill
6.70 sec
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
Broad Jump
126 in
Bench Press
36 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
McCourty, who the Patriots selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, serves as the team's starting free safety and is in line to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the next few seasons, as he is under contract with the franchise through 2019. He's coming off a 2016 campaign in which he logged 83 tackles and a pick in 16 regular-season contests.
McCourty, who was on the field for 84.7 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps in 2015, will once again man a starting safety spot opposite Patrick Chung. He recorded 64 tackles and one pick in 14 games last year, numbers that reflect that reality that his value to the Patriots' secondary is greater than the degree of IDP utility he offers.
McCourty, who recorded 68 tackles and two picks in 16 starts last season, is set to reprise his role as the team's starting free safety this season. While there is plenty of moving parts in the Patriots' re-tooled secondary this season, one constant is that McCourty -- who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract this offseason -- will rarely leave the field. It's an arrangement that gives him some utility in IDP formats, assuming a slight uptick in his counting stats, which is a plausible outcome.
McCourty is coming off of the least productive season of his career, failing to record at least 80 tackles for the first time and regisering just one interception after averaging more than four per season over the previous three years. He'll have an excellent chance to rebound this season, though, as he stands to benefit from quarterbacks avoiding new teammtes Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis.
The Patriots plan to keep McCourty at safety this coming campaign, which will help him maintain IDP relevance after racking up 82 tackles, two forced fumbles and five picks in 2012.
McCourty has not been particularly good in coverage lately, and he plays for a defense that is a great bet to see among the most snaps in the league because Tom Brady's offense scores so often and so quickly. The result is a huge target volume, and one in which McCourty figures to give up a big chunk of catches, which then turns into easy tackle opportunities. He finished last year with 87 tackles (65 solo) in 14 games, which project to 99 tackles over 16 games. That's about in line with his per-game stats through his first 30 games, which project to 90 tackles (72 solo) and five interceptions over a full season.
After intercepting just six passes in his four years at Rutgers, McCourty had a smash hit of a rookie season in 2010, collecting seven interceptions and 82 tackles (69 solo) while starting 16 games for New England. It’s doubtful quarterbacks will test McCourty in 2011 as much as they did a year ago, so it’s reasonable to expect his numbers to regress a bit. Still, he had the clear look of a playmaker last year and could just as easily cement himself as a one of the top corners in the league with another big season.
The Patriots passed up a chance to grab Dez Bryant, but after trading out of the No. 22 slot, then the No. 24 spot, they land McCourty, a player who will boost the team's cornerback depth and can be a terror on special teams.
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Practices in full
SNew England Patriots
January 9, 2019
McCourty (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Back at practice
SNew England Patriots
January 9, 2019
McCourty (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, Zack Cox of reports.
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Still in concussion protocol
SNew England Patriots
January 3, 2019
McCourty (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.
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Progressing, still not practicing
SNew England Patriots
January 2, 2019
McCourty (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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Exits game with head injury
SNew England Patriots
December 30, 2018
McCourty is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Jets due to a head injury.
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