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some safety New England Patriots defensive back Jason McCourty is looking for ways to get on the field for the defense and he’s expanded his horizons in a familiar way- by looking at his brother.Devin McCourty was an All Pro cornerback for the Patriots as a rookie before moving to safety and becoming an All Pro at his new position.Jason is competing with Eric Rowe for the right to start opposite of Stephon Gilmore at cornerback
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, but Rowe has the inside lane. Jason doesn’t have much experience playing on the inside as the nickel, but neither do Gilmore or Rowe, so it’s unlikely Jason would get on the field against three-receiver sets. As a result, Jason played free safety instead of cornerback at the start of the second half against the Carolina Panthers. The hope for Jason is that expanding his versatility would give him a greater opportunity to play. All it takes is one injury at either defensive back position and it’s likely that Jason would be the next player on the field.Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon are the starting safeties and any injury to them would put Jason on the field at safety because, let’s be serious, the alternative would be Jordan Richards and that’s less than ideal.And then if either Gilmore or Rowe is unable to play
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, then Jason would also get an opportunity to get on the field.So while Jason is likely to be a starter in the first week of the season, his willingness to expand his versatility by playing safety for the first time in his career is a strong indicator that he’ll have a role on this team and an opportunity to play at some point in 2018. The New England Patriots offense scored 31 points against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, and it did so despite missing three of its core players: running back Sony Michel missed the contest because of a knee injury, tight end Rob Gronkowski was out with ankle and back issues, and right guard Shaq Mason was deactivated after hurting his calf last week.While it remains to be seen how quickly Gronkowski and Mason will return from their respective injuries — with the Patriots’ bye week coming up it would not be a surprise if they were held out until week 11 —, Michel appears to be right on track to play against the Tennessee Titans: according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the first-round draft pick is “likely to return” to the game-day roster on Sunday.Schefter notes that all Michel needs is “a good week of practice with no setbacks.” The rookie, who leads the team with 422 rushing yards and four scores
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, has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury during week seven’s game against the Chicago Bears. Since then, the Patriots used wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and receiving back James White as their primary options in the ground game.While it would not be a surprise if New England limited Michel’s snap count in case he indeed returns this week, seeing him close to a return is certainly good news for the Patriots. The 23-year old, after all, has become a big part of the Patriots’ offensive attack as the team’s early down back before hurting his knee.[UPDATE 11/11] According to Schefter, Michel is indeed “likely to play” versus the Titans today.