Patriots veteran safety Devin McCourty has played all but one of New England’s defensive snaps through six games this season.
That impressive feat includes all 89 plays of regulation and overtime of last Sunday’s hard-fought loss to the high-powered Cowboys. It’s a heavy workload for any player, never mind a guy in his 12th year of NFL action.
Asked during his Wednesday press conference at Gillette Stadium how he feels after logging so many snaps against Dallas, the 34-year-old safety had a humorous response.
“I feel old,” McCourty said with a smile.
Having been asked about a growing Patriots injury report just a few minutes earlier, one that includes 16 of his New England teammates as they prepare for Sunday’s battle with the Jets in Foxborough, McCourty went on to joke that his feeling “old” doesn’t quite qualify for the weekly health update put out by all NFL teams.
“They don’t put that on the injury report – ‘Old,’” McCourty joked. “That only goes in your scouting report, now. Weakness – ‘Old.’”
Despite his self-deprecating humor, McCourty remains one of the key cogs on the Patriots defense in 2021. The leader of the back end, McCourty is sixth on the team with 25 tackles, while he’s tied for second on the squad with one interception and three passes defensed.
After coming up just short of victory against Dak Prescott and the Cowboys, McCourty and the New England defense will face rookie QB Zach Wilson and the Jets on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots beat the Jets 25-6 in Week 2 in New York thanks in large part to four interceptions of Wilson, including one by McCourty.