FOXBOROUGH -- Some of the first lessons rookie cornerback Devin McCourty picked up were from Randy Moss. In training camp and at practices, McCourty often lined up against Moss and the results weren't always what the rookie would have liked.
"Just sometimes he would give little tips to all the corners about something as a wide receiver that he might not like or other receivers might not like," McCourty said. "Different things that can help you out while you're out there playing corner."
On Sunday, McCourty will see if those tips can help him against Moss. McCourty and cornerback Kyle Arrington have started the last four games at corner and they aren't giving up much about how the Patriots plan to defend Moss when the Vikings arrive on Sunday.
"We went up against him a fair amount of times each of us has at training camp and even at practice last year," Arrington said. "We know him well, he knows us well so I mean it's just whoever goes out there and performs better technique wise, game plan wise I think is going to do the better job."
McCourty grabbed his first interception of his career against San Diego last week and he said he hopes another is in his future. With all of the struggles with the defensive backs earlier in the season, McCourty and Arrington said they feel like the unit is progressing.
"We've taken steps each week, watching film and breaking it down, us like a few teams in the NFL are still finding our way and getting better," Arrington said.