McCourty excited to add Revis, Browner to 'D'

McCourty excited to add Revis, Browner to 'D'
April 24, 2014, 4:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- With the Patriots adding Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to their secondary as free-agent acquisitions this offseason, there will be a learning curve to deal with -- not only for new players adapting to a new system, but also for new teammates adapting to each other.

In a conversation with reporters on Thursday, Patriots safety Devin McCourty -- the senior member of the Patriots secondary as he goes into his fifth season -- explained what it will be like to welcome Revis and Browner to the defense.

"It's a great experience right now," McCourty said of participating in voluntary offseason workouts. "I think being back with all the guys back right now, and you add good football players, veteran football players in Revis and Browner in our secondary, I think it's gonna be good.

"Those guys have played a lot of good football, and this time of the year, just getting their knowledge, [giving them] our knowledge, just working together is gonna be exciting. I think the biggest thing we understand right now is we've got a lot of work to do. Every year we have new guys that have to learn the defense, and you've gotta start working together. That's our focus right now is trying to get better as a unit."

Players aren't allowed to begin on-the-field drills until May 5, at which point the feeling-out process will continue.
 
McCourty said that the time spent getting acclimated to new members of the secondary can vary depending on the situation.

"You never know," he said. "I think the biggest thing is getting out there. Once you get out there, you start to get a feel for each other. They'll get out there, they'll probably have some things they're used to doing, they'll feel real familiar and there'll be some new things. I think it'll be good when we get on the field and start working. We'll be able to tell from there."

With McCourty as one of its leaders, the Patriots secondary has developed into a very tight unit in recent years. In the Patriots locker room, they are constantly together, joking or arguing some kind of sports debate.

Aqib Talib, who departed for Denver as a free agent, had developed into a key contributor not only on the field, but also to the chemistry for the defensive secondary.
 
McCourty explained that the process of re-developing those bonds -- and forming new ones -- begins with voluntary workouts and will continue through training camp this summer.

"I think us as a secondary, the bonding begins now," he said. "I think you guys always saw us in the locker room, we're guys always together, laughing and joking. That starts now. A group of us will always be working out together, running together, meeting in the locker room together. The bonding as a secondary as a unit starts now. The good thing is everybody's all in, and we're down to have fun and get better together as a unit."