For McCourty brothers, bragging rights up for grabs

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For McCourty brothers, bragging rights up for grabs

FOXBOROThe McCourty Twins, Devin and Jason, do pretty much everything the same way.

They look the same. They act the same. They play the same sport and position. They share the same Twitter account. And they recently just bought their mom, Phyllis Harrell, a new house.

Heck, Devin and Jason McCourty could probably switch uniforms on Sunday and nobody would notice.

No doubt, Devin has heard plenty about the similarities between him and his brother over the last week of preparation before his Patriots and Jason's Titans face off on Sunday.

"I always thought we were kind of similar, but everyone keeps telling me that we're exactly the same on the field," Devin McCourty said on Wednesday. "So hearing all the offensive guys come up to me saying that, I guess we're more similar than I thought.

"Everyone keeps saying that not just the style, but exactly how we move, talking about just jogging on and off the field they say it looks exactly the same."

Everybody may be talking about them, but they aren't talking to each other at least not for the last week or so. It's all business for the two until the game is over.

"I actually told him to delete my number from his phone," McCourty said. "Not taking any of his text messages or phone calls this week. I'll probably start talking to him right after the game on Sunday."

Oh to be a fly on the wall for that postgame conversation. The twins have been a competitive pair since birth after all, one beat the other then, right? The battles between the two go way back. Not on the football field, where Devin says the two have never been on opposing sides, but on the basketball court.

"Yeah, probably the most competitive thing growing up was basketball," he said. "We would play for hours and just go at each other. Sometimes to the point where my mom had to come out and stop the game. Also, video games. That always got ugly."

As to who ruled the court, you can probably guess Devin's answer to that. Then again, he also claims he's Mama McCourty's favorite son.

"I would say she likes me more. I think it's just the way it was growing up, she's always had me as her favorite. I believe she's going to wear a half-and-half jersey, but rumor is she's going to wear a Patriots t-shirt under."

Patriots t-shirt or Titans t-shirt, you can bet the McCourty family is hoping for a nice, low scoring game. And when it's all over, the twins can get back to their brotherly love. No hard feelings, right, Devin?

"I wouldn't say that."

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Solder, Blount, Harmon take part in Patriots on-the-field work

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Solder, Blount, Harmon take part in Patriots on-the-field work

The Patriots had a handful of veterans who missed spring practices back on the field Monday.

The team's website posted video of a training camp "sneak preview," featuring clips from a practice held three days before the official start of camp. In the video were shown offensive tackle Nate Solder, running back LeGarrette Blount and safety Duron Harmon getting in some work after all three were absent from OTA practices open to the media. 

Solder suffered a biceps injury last season that landed him on season-ending injured reserve, which helped throw the Patriots protection in front of Tom Brady into a state of flux for much of the remainder of the season. Should Solder be able to participate in camp practices, as it appears will be the case, the team will have a stabilizing presence on the left side of the line as it prepares for the regular season.

Blount also landed on IR last season after having suffered a hip injury late in the year. He hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent this offseason and eventually signed a one-year deal to remain in New England. If healthy, Blount figures to have the edge in claiming the "big back" role that he's filled for the Patriots at different points over the course of the last three seasons.

Harmon sported a red non-contact jersey during Monday's workout, indicating that he may still need some time before he's ready for any kind of tackling drills this summer. The fourth-year safety explained earlier this month that he was "ready to go" for camp after "just trying to clean up some things physically" during the spring.