Devin McCourty backpedals on comments about playing corner

Patriots safety Devin McCourty seemed to back off recent comments he made about playing cornerback this year.

“I’ve just got to play,” McCourty said, via Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “As a player, you’ve just got to go play football. Obviously, a new week, you’ve got to prepare and get ready to go for new challenges this week, but that’s all I can do.”

McCourty lined up at corner on Saturday night against the New Orleans Saints and was solid, but that's a position Patriots fans don't want to see him in. Originally drafted as a cornerback in 2010, McCourty had a strong showing his rookie year and then struggled until he made the move to safety. Since then, he's been one of the best in the game at the position.

That being said, it's good to see McCourty's tone has changed. Again, people don't want to see him playing corner this year, but there could come a point where he's forced into doing so.

Patriots fans are well aware that the secondary is the second biggest question mark heading into the season. Of course, the first is finding out what will become of Tom Brady's suspension. McCourty could see time at cornerback if injuries pile up or the likes of Malcolm Butler, Tarrell Brown and others struggle.

McCourty was asked whether or not he thinks he'll be back at safety on Friday night against the Carolina Panthers, and he simply smiled and said "We'll see . . . . We'll have to see."

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