By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — Let’s start with this: It’s nothing short of absurd that Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty — twin brothers who are both successful NFL players — share a Twitter account. What’s that all about? That’s like when somebody tells you their email address and it’s something like “DanAndJudySmith@yahoo.com.” You share an email account with your wife, weirdo? Who am I even talking to? Who’s reading this? Is it Judy? I don’t want to email Judy. You know what? Forget it. Just forget it. We’re never emailing, Dan. Never.
Anyway, the McCourty twins share a Twitter account, and they identify themselves at the end of tweets by signing off with either “(J-Mac)” or “(D-Mac).” And on Thursday afternoon, D-Mac saw some news about J-Mac, so D-Mac rushed to the shared Twitter account of D-Mac and J-Mac to tweet about J-Mac before singing off as D-Mac.
Here, this might help. First, the news, then the reaction:
Eyeballs are the universal emoji for recruiting a player to join your team, in case you weren’t aware.
Sure seems like D-Mac wouldn’t mind sharing a defensive backfield with J-Mac. Considering Malcolm Butler is officially gone and everything, the Patriots just might need to add a veteran cornerback. And the Patriots have had reported interest in J-Mac before. Might the twin reunion take place?
Jason McCourty is a veteran of nine NFL seasons. He missed 12 games in 2015 but otherwise has been reliably consistent over the course of his career, which was spent with Tennessee (eight years) and Cleveland (one year). He made three interceptions in 14 games for the winless Browns last year while making 65 tackles and forcing two fumbles. Pro Football Focus gave him an 83.9 grade, which was above average. (For comparison, Stephon Gilmore got an 89.4 grade, and Malcolm Butler got a 79.2 grade.) He has 16 interceptions and 86 passes defensed in 122 career games, and he’s yet to play in a postseason game.
Jason McCourty signed with Cleveland last May on a two-year deal worth $6 million, though just $2 million was guaranteed at the time of the signing.
After the eyeball tweet, the account retweeted a GIF, though it’s unclear whether it was D-Mac or J-Mac who hit the button:
If they were to be reunited, the McCourtys wouldn’t be the only twins on the Patriots payroll. Tight end Jacob Hollister caught four passes for the Patriots in 2017, while his twin brother Cody worked on the practice squad as a receiver.
The twins haven’t played together since their time at Rutgers, with Jason playing in Piscataway from 2005-08 and Devin playing from 2006-09 after redshirting in 2005. Bill Belichick has added several Rutgers players to his roster over the years, including Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan, Jonathan Freeny, and Kenny Britt.
UPDATE: That didn’t take long. Jason McCourty is a member of the Patriots.