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Devin McCourty praised Demaryius Thomas


“DT was a great guy. “

Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham, left, hands wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. File photo by Steven Senne / AP

In the days following the death of Demaryius Thomas, many players in the football world expressed their condolences.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty, speaking on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Friday, said he was shocked to hear the news.

He entered the league the same year Thomas (2010), played against him several times, and got to know him when Thomas was briefly with the Patriots in 2019. Although he did not play in a game regular season, his presence was still very much felt in New England.

“Just the ultimate veteran,” McCourty said. “So many times to see him talking to the younger ones, about the conversations we had. Just bad news for anyone who got to know him.

“To be a player and to be around the game, just retired in June, that’s just sad news, man.”

He called Thomas a dominant force and said he helped receivers such as N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers during training camp. He called it a “great opportunity” to have Thomas on the squad that year.

“At one point in training camp, between him (Julian Edelman) and (Josh Gordon), we had a reception hall stacked with talent and achievement,” said McCourty.

McCourty also took to Twitter to show some love to Thomas, who was found dead at his home Thursday aged 33.

“DT was a great guy,” McCourty wrote. “Impacted so many lives.”

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