dangolka (CBS) — It’s a season of main change for the New England Patriots, so it’s solely applicable that the group will get will get some new captains.
The dangolka Globe’s Jim McBride reported Wednesday evening that the group has chosen its 4 defensive captains, with three of them incomes the consideration for the primary time.
McBride reported that the Patriots’ defensive captains are Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Lawrence Man. Moreover, Matthew Slater has been named particular groups captain for the 10th straight season. The group’s offensive captains aren’t but identified.
For Devin McCourty, this marks his 10th straight season as a captain, relationship again to his second NFL season in 2011.
For the opposite three, that is their first time being a Patriots captain.
Jason McCourty joined the Patriots in 2018, serving to the group to a Tremendous Bowl title in his first 12 months in New England. Accidents restricted Jason to only 12 video games and 47 p.c of the group’s defensive snaps final 12 months, however the 33-year-old stays an impactful chief within the locker room.
Bentley, 24, earns the honors in simply his third NFL season. A fifth-round decide in 2018, Bentley might want to work extra time to attempt to fill the void within the linebacking corps left by the departures of Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins, in addition to the high-profile opt-out from Dont’a Hightower, who locked down the center of the Patriots’ protection for the higher a part of a decade.
Man, 30, is coming into his fourth season with the Patriots, having gained a Tremendous Bowl with the group in 2018. Man’s significance to the teaching employees and entrance workplace was evident when the group opted to provide him his $400,000 bonus regardless of his arising brief on the taking part in time incentive.
Final 12 months’s defensive captains have been Hightower, Devin McCourty, and Elandon Roberts, who additionally departed the linebacking corps in free company this offseason.