McCourty’s big return earns him AFC special teams honors


Five of Devin McCourty’s kickoff returns last week covered 95 yards, a rather unspectacular 19.0-yard average.

But man, that other one.

McCourty’s 104-yard touchdown earned the Patriots return man AFC special teams player of the week honors.

It was the Patriots’ sixth kickoff return for a touchdown of over 100 yards, and is the second-longest in franchise history behind Ellis Hobbs’ 108-yarder, also against the Jets, in 2007.