PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Devin and Jason McCourty, the first twins to play on the same team in a Super Bowl, will give the commencement speech to Rutgers University graduates next month.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-5)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: K Stephen Gostkowski, P Ryan Allen, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Chris Hogan, WR Phillip Dorsett, LT Trent Brown, RT LaAdrian Waddle, DE...
McCourty twins nix White House visit but mum on retirement
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty said Monday he won't go to the White House if the Super Bowl champions are invited by President Donald Trump, and teammate and twin brother Jason said he highly doubts he would make the trip.
A day after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL title, Devin McCourty said flatly that he would not join the team for a White House visit.
McCourty twins can make history with Super Bowl win
ATLANTA (AP) — Patriots defensive backs and twins Devin and Jason McCourty both have a lot on their minds as they prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl matchup with the Rams.
Jason is thinking about the past and the magnets their mother, Phyllis Harrell, collected and used to post various keepsakes on the refrigerator of their childhood home in Nyack, New York.
Jason and Devin, the eldest twin by 27 minutes, were about 12 years old and playing in the Valley Cottage Pop Warner league together.
Patriots’ playoff run special for McCourty twins
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Jason McCourty has taken longer than usual to do things around the Patriots practice facility this week as he's prepared for their divisional playoff matchup with the Chargers.
He's been one of the first to arrive at breakfast with his teammates. He's lingered in meetings and often been one of the last players to make it off the field following workouts. Whatever the task, he has savored it.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)
New faces: WR Cordarelle Patterson, RB Jeremy Hill, RB Sony Michel, QB Danny Etling, DE Adrian Clayborn, OT Trent Brown, CB Jason McCourty, DT Danny Shelton.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandin Cooks, CB Malcolm Butler, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Dion Lewis, OT Nate Solder, OT Cam Fleming.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-16)
New faces: GM John Dorsey, QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, RB Carlos Hyde, LB Mychal Kendricks, DB Damarious Randall, QB Baker Mayfield, CB Denzel Ward, LT Austin Corbett, RT Chris Hubbard, WR Antonio Callaway, TE Darren Fells, DB E.J. Gaines, WR Jeff Janis, DB Terrance Mitchell, DL Chris Smith, QB Drew Stanton, CB T.J. Carrie.
Key losses: LT Joe Thomas, RB Isaiah Crowell, QB DeShone Kizer, NT Danny Shelton, CB Jason McCourty, CB Jamar Taylor, WR Ricardo Louis.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are sporting a new look on defense and an attitude of leaving behind their lack of defense in the Super Bowl.
Former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is now head coach in Detroit. Longtime assistant Brian Flores is running the defense in New England without the formal title of coordinator.
BOSTON (AP) — Three New England Patriots players will lead a discussion about the criminal justice system with candidates for Suffolk district attorney.
The discussion Tuesday with five people running for the top prosecutor post will be moderated by the Patriots' safety Devin McCourty, his brother and cornerback Jason McCourty and special teams ace Matt Slater.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jamar Taylor's trade to Arizona is official.
Cleveland traded another of their starting quarterbacks to the Cardinals on Saturday for a sixth-round draft pick in 2020. The teams agreed to the swap on Friday and had to work out final details before it was announced.
The Browns previously shopped Taylor and finally worked out a deal with the Cardinals, who will likely start him opposite star Patrick Peterson.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns traded their third quarterback of the offseason, sending Kevin Hogan to the Washington Redskins.
The teams announced the deal Friday that includes swapping sixth-round picks. Cleveland acquires the 188th pick from Washington for No. 205, which it previously acquired from New England for cornerback Jason McCourty.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns signed free agent cornerback E.J. Gaines, the latest addition to a revamped secondary.
Gaines played last season for the Buffalo Bills. The 26-year-old will be reunited in Cleveland with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the two previously worked together with the Los Angeles Rams.
The 26-year-old Gaines, who also met with the New York Jets, will bring speed and depth to the Browns.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty has trouble settling on one thing that excites him most about finally playing alongside twin brother Devin next season.
He's looking forward to everything — from sitting in team meetings to sweating through offseason workouts.
That's because Jason wants to soak up every moment of a dream they've shared since he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2009 and Devin went to the Patriots in 2010.
Trade for a twin: Patriots acquire Jason McCourty from Browns to pair with twin Devin in secondary
It'll be a family affair in the New England Patriots secondary next season.
Veteran CB Jason McCourty and a seventh-rounder are being shipped from the Cleveland Browns to Foxboro in exchange for the Patriots' sixth-rounder. The deal means Jason will join identical twin, former Pro Bowl S Devin McCourty, in a Patriots secondary that officially parted ways with Malcolm Butler this week.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The McCourty twins are back together.
The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots on Thursday, reuniting him with his brother Devin. The Browns also sent a seventh-round pick to the Patriots to get a sixth-rounder in return.
"Cleveland it's been real!" Jason McCourty wrote on the Twitter account the brothers share. "I wish nothing but the best to the guys in that locker room!"
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Jason McCourty reunites with twin Devin after Twitter fun and trade to New England
The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty and a seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots for their sixth-round pick, reuniting the Rutgers product with his twin brother, Devin.
Before the teams worked the trade out, the Browns intended to release Jason McCourty. This prompted two separate messages from the Twitter account the brothers share, one signed "J-Mac" and the other signed "D-Mac":
Vontae Davis reportedly visiting Cleveland Browns after leaving Buffalo without a deal
Former Pro Bowl CB Vontae Davis, who left his first free-agent stop in Buffalo without a deal, is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Davis, the soon-to-be 30-year-old cornerback who was cut by the Indianapolis Colts in November, is reportedly healthy following core muscle surgery. Since his last contract was terminated, Davis won't have to wait until the new league year opens to land with a new team.
Browns waive DB Campbell after hamstring injury
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns waived defensive back Ibraheim Campbell with an injury designation.
Campbell, who started two games at safety this season, injured a hamstring during practice on Wednesday. With his secondary still nursing some other injuries, coach Hue Jackson said it was vital to bring in a healthy player and the club signed defensive back Derron Smith off Cincinnati's practice squad.
Diggs makes return for Vikings in London vs. Browns
LONDON (AP) — Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is active and is expected to play for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday when they face the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium.
Diggs, who missed the last two games because of a groin injury, was able to complete a full practice on Thursday and Friday. His return should help alleviate the burden on Adam Thielen, who caught 14 passes for 139 yards over the past two weeks.
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TENNESSEE TITANS (9-7)
New faces: WR Corey Davis, CB Adoree Jackson, WR Eric Decker, DT Sylvester Williams, WR Taywan Taylor, CB Logan Ryan, S Johnathan Cyprien, TE Jonnu Smith, LB Erik Walden, LB Daren Bates, G/C Tim Lelito, S Brynden Trawick.
Key losses: CB Jason McCourty, WR Kendall Wright, S Rashad Johnson, NT Al Woods.
Sims working to win a starting cornerback job with Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — LeShaun Sims never talks trash and is almost as quiet off the football field. The Tennessee Titans' fifth-round pick in 2016 out of Southern Utah is letting his play and work ethic speak for him.
And he is doing well enough he might wind up winning the starting cornerback job opposite veteran Logan Ryan ahead of first-round draft pick Adoree Jackson.
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TENNESSEE TITANS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, St. Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
LAST YEAR: Posted first winning season since 2011 and chased AFC South title until loss Dec. 24 in Jacksonville, where QB Marcus Mariota broke right leg. That extended franchise string without playoff berth to eight seasons. Titans still tripled win total from previous year in Mike Mularkey's first full season as head coach, big improvement after winning NFL-worst five games in 2014 and 2015 combined.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-15)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey has made it clear that the Titans expect much more from the secondary this season.
The unit was so revamped this offseason that the secondary could feature three new starters from the 2016 season opener with veteran safety Da'Norris Searcy the lone holdover.
"We've got a lot of new faces back there," Mularkey said Tuesday on the first day of a planned three-day minicamp. "We can do more things with our coverages with our secondary now."
CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent defensive back Jason McCourty has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
McCourty played the past eight seasons in Tennessee, starting 90 games for the Titans. The 5-foot-11 McCourty fills a major need for the Browns, who are thin in their secondary. He gives the team experience and depth.
Titans release cornerback Jason McCourty after 8 seasons
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have released cornerback Jason McCourty after eight seasons with the franchise, and a few days after the veteran shared the news himself on social media.
The Titans announced the move Monday, the first day of the team's offseason program.
Jason McCourty bids farewell to Titans in Twitter post
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cornerback Jason McCourty says that he is leaving the Tennessee Titans after spending his entire eight-year NFL career with the organization.
McCourty shared the news Thursday afternoon on a Twitter post. The Titans had no immediate comment.
Titans linebacker Morgan returns to practice, McCourty sits
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan returned to practice Thursday after sitting out a session with an injured ankle and expects to play Saturday against Jacksonville.
"It felt good to get back out to practice and be ready for Saturday," Morgan said.
Titans DL Karl Klug needs surgery for torn Achilles tendon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive lineman Karl Klug has a torn left Achilles tendon and will have season-ending surgery.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey announced the severity of the injury Monday and said Klug will be placed on injured reserve.
Mularkey taking time to name Titans new starting cornerback
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have had nearly two weeks since releasing veteran Perrish Cox to figure out who will start opposite cornerback Jason McCourty.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey is taking his time to make that decision.
Eager for rare winning streak, Titans wary of winless Browns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans, a franchise that has struggled in recent years, find themselves at a turning point at the very same moment the Cleveland Browns are hoping to find themselves.
Trio of Titans raised fists in protest after anthem ended
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A trio of Tennessee Titans say they raised their right fists in the air after the national anthem ended to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11, and to bring attention to the ongoing unequal treatment of African-Americans and other minorities.
Titans starting cornerbacks finally healthy at same time
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Mularkey will have the chance Sunday to see something for the first time since he took over this team last November: Starting cornerbacks — Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox — playing together.
"We laughed about that in the preseason," McCourty said Thursday. "He ended up rolling his ankle the day before the first one. I think last year we played one full game together against Buffalo.