The patriots defensive captain and FS Devin McCourty took to the podium today, following his condition test, which he passed, to talk about deflategate and Tom Brady.
McCourty started off saying Robert Kraft pretty much covered everything and he agrees with the team’s owner.
“Yeah, the great thing about this organization is no matter who comes up here and speaks, they really represent and speak for the organization as a whole,” McCourty said. “Mr. Kraft comes up here, he talks, he’s not just talking for himself or for Coach Belichick or the coaches but the players, as well. We all feel the same way. Mr. Kraft came up and addressed everything earlier. We feel the same way. I think we all know we have different roles on this team, and our role is to play football. That’s what we have to do, and that’s our focus.”
McCourty was asked about Brady’s four-game suspension being upheld and McCourty gave his best Belichick answer.
“For us, it is what it is,” McCourty said. “Our focus right now is, you guys know, back to training camp, trying to get better each day at training camp and get ready for the (Green Bay) Packers.”
Devin went on to say that he stands with his QB.
“We support Tom, and like Mr. Kraft said, we support him and we believe in him,” McCourty said.
Tom Brady certainly has no shortage of supporters.
Kraft instructed players to not speak about Brady’s suspension until the legal process has been played out.
McCourty will be on the practice field tomorrow when training camp practices begin, since his conditioning test is out of the way.
Special Team Ace Matthew Slater also spoke out about having Tom Brady’s back.
“I think it’s safe to say that Tom is the heartbeat of this team,” Slater said in a press conference late Wednesday morning. “He’s been here longer than any player; he’s set the standard. He’s earned everything he’s accomplished in this league.”
Slater said the entire team is a family and family sticks together.
“I will say this: All of us in here are part of a family,” Slater said. “We come from a family, and the guys in this locker room, we feel as though we’re family in there. Good or bad, things happen in life, and you stick with your family, no matter what the outcome, and I think that’s the way we’re going to approach it.”
Slater also stood behind what Kraft said in an earlier press conference today.
“Look, Mr. Kraft is the captain of this ship,” Slater said. “He’s the captain of this organization, so as I said earlier, he speaks for all of us when he speaks. I think he said everything that needed to be said.”
Slater was asked about backup QB-maybe starter-Jimmy Garoppolo having a bigger role in training camp and Slater refused to comment.
“I’m not going to get too much into Jimmy’s personal situation or any other player’s personal situation, Slater said. “… Jimmy’s working hard, and so are the other 89 guys on this team.”
Transcript via nesn.com