Devin McCourty on PFF's midseason All-Pro team

Devin McCourty came into this league asserting himself as a reliable and All-Pro level cornerback. However, after struggling the following couple years at the position in addition to the Patriots' lack of strength at the safety position, a change needed to be made. Devin McCourty then became a safety. Still a defensive back position, a safety's responsibilities differ greatly from cornerback which is something that many people do not necessarily understand.

The transition can be somewhat difficult, but it looks like the Devin McCourty that broke into the league with a force is back, now as a safety. Of course, the season is only half way over but it is easy to see #32 flying around the defensive backfield. The fellas at even put McCourty on their midseason All-Pro team. Here's what they had to say:
He might not be as complete as Earl Thomas, but the work of McCourty as a deep safety has been unparalleled this year. A really good feel for where he should be as seen him break up five balls to go with his one interception. 

In addition to his interception, McCourty has two forced fumbles (one recovered) and 32 total tackles. He seems to come up with this spectacular plays out of nowhere, like this play against the Dolphins a couple weeks ago.

If Devin McCourty can continue this level of play, there is no doubt that he would deserve All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. With a defense that has been riddled with injuries all year, this captain has kept the unit together with both his vocal and playing leadership. His football IQ has been praised throughout the season, and that looks to be one of his greatest assets.
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Anthony Aidonidis