Rumor: Patriots CB Jason McCourty might be on the roster bubble
Aside from Eric Decker, Jason McCourty has arguably been the most notable name the New England Patriots have brought in this offseason. When the Pats traded for Jason, there was an expectation that he would replace Malcolm Butler at cornerback and start along with brother Devin in the New England secondary.
But as Mike Reiss of ESPN notes, the newest New England-based McCourty may not even make the Patriots roster by the start of the regular season the way things are going for him at the moment. Jason has been working mostly with the backups during camp, and Reiss has currently has him on the roster bubble.
Reiss considers three Patriots corners as locks to make the team — Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, and Duke Dawson, the team’s second-round pick this year. Meanwhile, McCourty has been working with undrafted rookie JC Jackson, who has been impressing in camp, in the second unit.
But while McCourty can still contribute on the field and is a strong veteran presence, his competitors for the remaining corner spots (Jackson, Cyrus Jones, and Jonathan Jones) are also more capable contributors on special teams, which adds to their case of making the team over him.
McCourty, who started 14 games in his lone season with the Browns last year, still has time to play his way out of the bubble and into the roster. But considering the Patriots gave up a mere sixth-round pick to acquire him from the Browns, they likely won’t be too torn up if he does fail to make the final cut.