Titans’ twin defensive about making name for himself
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 7:02 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE. (AP) — Telling identical twins apart can be difficult, apparently even when they play for different NFL teams and wear different jerseys with different numbers.
Just ask Titans cornerback Jason McCourty.
The player called J-Mac went home after scoring his first career touchdown only to learn from his girlfriend and teammate Cortland Finnegan that several times during the game the TV announcer called him Devin, mistaking him for his brother, New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty.
“So I guess it does get a little confusing,” Jason McCourty said after practice Wednesday.
The Titans defensive back is doing his best on the field this season to clear up any confusion.
He’s off to his strongest start yet, matching a career-high with two interceptions, notching his first sack and making a career-best 57 tackles to rank second on the team. In last week’s 27-10 win over Indianapolis, he recovered a blocked punt for that TD and tipped a pass to safety Michael Griffin for an interception.
He’s also the only defender with at least one interception and a forced fumble for the Titans (4-3), who host Cincinnati (5-2) on Sunday.
“That’s what he has been doing for us all camp,” Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said. “In the preseason games it was the same thing. He had plays in preseason and had interceptions, so he is just going to get better the more he plays.
It looks like the Titans got the better end of this deal based on where they drafted McCourty. They used the 203rd pick overall in the sixth round to grab Jason out of Rutgers in 2009, and he started nine games his first two seasons, limited only by a broken right forearm. Devin redshirted and stuck around for his senior season at Rutgers and was taken 27th overall in 2010 by New England.
Jason McCourty came into this season competing with Alterraun Verner in training camp before earning the starting job at cornerback opposite Finnegan. He says having a couple of years under his belt has slowed the game down for him.
Published in The Messenger 11.3.11