FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Devin McCourty was prepared for the challenge as a rookie cornerback last season, ready for any team to test the New England Patriots secondary.
Now, after the release of veteran safeties Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders, the acquisition of more than 1,000 pounds of defensive linemen and the drafting of a big cornerback, McCourty's mindset hasn't changed much. He knows quarterbacks will still try to test him with long passes.
Philip Rivers is likely to do that on Sunday when the San Diego Chargers visit in the Patriots' home opener. San Diego's top two receivers, Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd, are both 6-feet-5.
In a 38-24 win over Miami last Monday, 6-4 Brandon Marshall caught seven passes for 139 yards.