New England Patriots

Jan 29, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts addresses the media during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt McCarthy,

Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts was viewed by many as a potential training camp cut, but his teammates have sent a message saying the run-stopper is a key member of the organization.

According to Mike Reiss, the fourth-year linebacker will be one of the Patriots team captains for the 2019 season. This is the first time Roberts has been elected as a captain.

In the past, the Patriots have usually named six captains. Tom Brady, James White, David Andrews, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, and Matthew Slater were voted team captains for the 2018 season.

Roberts played in 16 games last year, starting 11 of those contests and recording 65 tackles. The former sixth round pick out of Houston has appeared in 44 games in his NFL career.

Roberts is set to make just over $2 million this year and will likely handle a part-time role as part of a deep Patriots group of linebackers.

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