FOXBORO (CBS) -The New England Patriots secondary has been under fire all season long and for good reason: The Pats have the worst pass defense in the NFL.

But the players are only part of the blame.  Bill Belichick has shuffled so many players in and out of positions, it’s hard for any of the players to get a rhythm together.

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Devin McCourty says continuity has to start in practice.

“You just keep playing,” said the second-year corner. “Just because you don’t always see guys on the game field, guys have been out here practicing and got those reps out on the practice field. When you’re in the meeting room, we’re communicating with guys and that’s where you try to build that trust, and that communication on the field, in meeting rooms and walkthroughs.”

Read: Levan Reid’s Patriots Blog

McCourty says they are getting better and they have to bring their “A” game to take on Eli Manning and the Giants on Sunday. Eli is quietly having a good season and the McCourty knows the younger Manning is going to test their secondary.

“I think he’s a guy who makes a lot of throws on the field, and when you watch their offense, they are never really in a bad situation,” he said. “He’s a smart quarterback that is able to check them into good situations, good plays, against whatever he sees out there on the field. As a team, you have to be ready to play all-around; with the run game… and then they have a bunch of good receivers that can make plays.”

Tune in to the Patriots-Giants game on 98.5 The Sports Hub Sunday at 4:15pm. Pregame coverage kicks on WBZ-TV at 11:30am with Patriots Gameday, with the Hub’s coverage beginning at 1pm. After the game, tune in to the Hub for the Patriots Postgame show, and to MY TV38 for Patriots Fifth Quarter.


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