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Will McCourty ever return some kicks?

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  1. CheeseMonkeys

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    He was supposed to be a ridiculously skilled kick returner coming out of college, right? I know that it's not worth risking injury and losing him on defense, and there is Brandon Tate, but is there any chance of him returning a few kicks? On a side note, Devin Hester was drafted as a CB and has become one of the best kick returners of all time, although we all know he's a WR now.
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    I rathef him not get injured on special teams
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    He's too valuable for our defense to play special teams.
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    Edelman gets hurt and the offense is VERY slightly damaged

    McCourty gets hurt and the defense is destroyed


    Enuff said here.....
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    I think its just simply that Tate is better. I know his two KR TDs were early in the year and it doesnt seem like he has done much since then but I think he still the biggest threat and I know some kickers have tried to keep it away from him.
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    Quite a few teams have kicked away from Tate at times. But KR is a team effort, not just the runner. Needs the blocks, vision, and speed.
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    Based on 40 times and what I've seen on the field his highest gear is probably better than anyone on the team, except maybe Slater or Butler.

    Based on what we've seen from preseason (two returns to midfield on two attempts) and interception returns, he seems to be an excellent return man. Follows his blockers and finds daylight without dancing or hesitating. He might be better than Tate, and I don't want to find out because we need him on D.
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    Does Revis return kicks? No.
    Could he? I'm sure he could.
    I wouldn't want my #1 cb risking injuries there.
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    I expect Woodhead to be returning kickoffs next year.
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    I have to be honest. I don't want to see McCourty returning kick offs.. ever.
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    I never heard he was a skilled returner. I heard that he was an amazing gunner, which is what ESPN said he was only going to be his rookie year. Well, they were wrong. But, from my knowledge, he was never a kick returner.
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    You might want to reassess that position because of this.
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    I believe Edelman's second on the depth chart for reasons already mentioned, followed by McCourty.
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    Both our kick and punt returners have touchdowns. Tate has 3 if you want to count preseason, Edelman has 2 if you want to count one reversed by a penalty. Point is, they know how to find the endzone, our return game is fine.
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    The Pats don't play scared. If the Patriots Play Brady when the game is well in hand, then why can't McCourty return kicks.

    Can anyone tell me the last kick returner who missed a game due to injury? Not just for the pats, but for anyone?

    Returning punts is more dangerous IMO, but even then they have Welker return punts.
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    This. He is probably the one guy besides wilfork that would utterly destroy our defense should he be injured right now.
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    Oh, there is absolutely no doubt to that. Our return game is great. I just wanted to bring up the topic because McCourty was thought to be a good kick returner coming out of the draft.
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    I think it just goes with the saying 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'.
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    As long as our CB corps is as thin as it is, I can't see McCourty returning kicks for this season. Next season, when Bodden returns, McCourty could be a possibility, particularly if Tate either gets injured or suddenly sucks at it.
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    Because McCourty's performance and importance to our defense is unquestionably second only to Vince Wilfork or Jerod Mayo right now.

    Later on down the track when we have Bodden back perhaps, but until then I vote no on proposition 15.
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    and the other 1000 players who have returned kicks since then with out getting hurt say stop worrying so much, it's football damn it!
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    In an elimination game, you want to leave it all on the field.

    I would of been more worried about Brady playing late in games that were out of hand, when the oposing D could take a cheap shot on him via what the Packers did to Jim McMahn then someone returning kicks in an elimination game.
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    I want no part of it- for now. The KR game has been ok. Could be better. Could be worse.

    If his KR gave us some kind of a Devin Hester-like boost, maybe.

    But it seems to me with Tate, et al. we're fine.

    Besides, Connolly has been cleared to practice. :D
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    Why would you suddenly have a player do something he has not been asked to do all year (return kicks) in a playoff game unless it was due to extenuating circumstances such as an injury to another player?
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    I wasn't implying that he should return kicks this season. I think that it's obvious that he's not returning any kicks this season... The question was "Will he ever return kicks?".:attention:
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    Sign Asomugha in the offseason and McCourty can return all the kicks he wants in 2011.... Until then,no
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    You have much wisdom. Seriously, I would not chance it.Maybe if Bodden was healthy, but not now. No way.
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    It's not really that at all RutgersFan. McCourty is so important to this team now and giving consideration to the fact that we have players who can punt return and kick off return, there's really no need.

    Provided Bodden comes back and the performance of Butler, Arrington etc continues to improve then fine but I know I feel a lot safer seeing 32 playing at corner than any other Patriots player.

    McCourty looks a once in a generational player. No matter how good he is at returns, I'm not willing to chance the 10000000th of a percent of a chance that something goes wrong. Hell even our o-lineman can play on returns ;).
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    Too bad he did not get enough returns to qualify, otherwise that o-lineman would have led the league in KR.
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