Defensive back Devin McCourty sounded excited to start working with Adrian Wilson, the veteran free agent safety the Patriots signed last month, and said his rehab from shoulder surgery is going well.

McCourty read to students at Arlington Elementary School Monday morning to help kick off Reading Week, entertaining the kids and teachers with his energetic approach. He chatted with reporters after that, and was asked about the status of his right shoulder, which required minor surgery.

“It’s going pretty good,” said McCourty. “Just rehabbing day-by-day and taking it one step at a time. It’s a process I’m learning and I’m just going through it and listening to the trainers.”

McCourty is looking forward to working with Wilson, who spent 12 years with Arizona and was a five-time Pro Bowler before being released for salary-cap reasons last month.

“I’m going to love having Adrian Wilson here, just because since I’ve been here, we haven’t had that one 10-year vet [in the secondary] or that guy that’s played a long time and been productive,” McCourty said. “I think the closest thing we had like that was my rookie year when we had guys like [Brandon] Meriweather, James Sanders, and Leigh Bodden.

“It will be cool just to have that veteran presence in our locker room and our defensive back room, so I’m looking forward to learning a lot from him.”

He is also pleased to see cornerback Aqib Talib return for another season, and thrilled for close friend Kyle Arrington, who signed a four-year contract with New England.

“It was great, and the way it happened, with him signing a new deal and his son being born, I think that’s why you love playing this game — hopefully that you can take care of your family, and then to start your own family, I was very happy for him,” McCourty said. “I went to visit him and the baby and he’s doing well. It’s a good time for him.”

Of teammate Alfonzo Dennard, who will be sentenced Thursday in Lincoln, Neb., after being found guilty of felony assault on a police officer, McCourty has tried to show support and offered to help with whatever Dennard might need, but said the cornerback seems ready for whatever happens. Dennard faces up to five years in jail, though such cases in Nebraska generally draw a 90- to 180-day sentence.