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Patriots Star Has Message For Teammates After Tom Brady's Departure

A New England Patriots helmet sitting on the bench.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

One New England Patriots star had a strong message for his teammates in the wake of Tom Brady's departure to Tampa Bay.

Brady, 42, has left New England after 20 seasons and six Super Bowls. The legendary NFL quarterback was officially introduced by the Buccaneers earlier this week.

Devin McCourty, who's been with the Patriots his entire career, re-signed in New England this offseason. He's looking forward to the post-Tom Brady challenge.

“It’s up to you guys to prove everyone wrong," McCourty reportedly told his teammates following Brady's departure this month.

McCourty, a three-time All-Pro, signed a two-year, $23 million extension with the Patriots earlier this month. Both he and his brother, Jason, will help lead New England's defense in 2020.

At quarterback, the Patriots could be led by Jarrett Stidham, who backed up Brady last season.

Devin McCourty is confident in Stidham, too.

“To me, the best thing for Stiddy was that he had to go against our defense every week,” McCourty said on his podcast Sunday. “He didn’t have it easy. I love his poise. I would be faking a blitz sometimes and we’d make eye contact and he’d just start smiling and laughing.”

The Patriots will need everyone to step it up a notch in 2020 without Brady under center. McCourty seems up for the challenge.