McCourty credits post-draft doubters as motivation


McCourty credits post-draft doubters as motivation

By Tom E. Curran

When Devin McCourty finished his post-draft meet-and-greet with the New England media last April, I told him that, traditionally, first-round picks host a weekend party for the media.Wide-eyed, he sought out Patriots media relations overlord Stacey James who pursed his lips and shook his head, "No."Sadly, that's not the moment McCourty remembers from last April. SpeakingTuesday with internet strongman Mike Florio on PFT Live, McCourty said that the first questioning posed to him that day helped spur himto abrilliant rookie season. "As soon as I got to Boston, I had to do an interview for the media about being drafted, and the first thing someone said to me was, Did you realize to the fans and the media youre not a popular pick not many people wanted you?" McCourty told Florio."And I just think as a player and as a competitor, when you hear those things, its a challenge. Throughout the whole season I had that in the back of my mind."McCourty's been a bit of a debutante during the past month or so, appearing with Florio and on ESPN's First Take with his brother Jason, a corner for the Titans. After a Pro Bowl season - one in which he would have been Defensive Rookie of the Year if not for a man named Suh - McCourty is allowed to enjoy the fruits of his work. A couple of other snippets from McCourty's time with Florio . . .On Randy Moss: "To line up against Randy and Tom Brady every day in practice, and get beat numerous times. It definitely got me ready for the season.On preparation: When I sat with Coach Belichick before the draft, when he was asking me questions about the defense, I was able to answer a lot of questions probably, as a coach, he didnt expect a corner to know.Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.