McCourty learns ropes against Moss

July, 30, 2010
7/30/10
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Devin McCourty is not the first cornerback to experience it, and he certainly won't be the last. The Patriots' first-round draft choice got victimized by receiver Randy Moss in the team's Friday afternoon training camp practice.

McCourty wasn't exactly "Mossed", but this is how it unfolded:

The Patriots were working in the red zone and Moss was split wide to the right of quarterback Tom Brady. At the snap, Moss ran to the back right corner of the end zone and Brady delivered the ball in stride.

McCourty was close by, but Moss effectively kept his hands low until the last possible moment, giving McCourty no indication the ball was en route. Then, at the last moment, Moss reached his hands up and it was almost as if they had Velcro on them. Moss kept his feet in bounds at end line for a touchdown, which led to a big cheer from the crowd.

It might be a stretch to call it a welcome-to-the-NFL moment for McCourty, who has looked the part through four practices. Perhaps more than anything, it was a reminder of the significant jump from Rutgers University to the NFL, where covering receivers like Moss is now part of his job description.

It turns out McCourty wasn't the only rookie whom Moss had schooled on life in the NFL, as Moss left his shoulder pads on the field for rookie receiver Taylor Price to bring back to the locker room.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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