By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots revealed their 2010s All-Decade Team on Wednesday. Check out the full rosters below.
Most of the list won’t even be close to a surprise. It’s littered with obvious names that never even needed to be discussed. But perhaps a few spots were up for debate, particularly the “FLEX” and spots on the offensive and defensive lines.
Here’s the full All-2010s team.
Quarterback: Tom Brady
Wide Receiver: Julian Edelman
Wide Receiver: Wes Welker
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski
Running Back: James White
Tackle: Nate Solder
Tackle: Sebastian Vollmer
Guard: Logan Mankins
Guard: Joe Thuney
Center: David Andrews
Fullback: James Develin
Flex: Danny Amendola
Defensive End: Trey Flowers
Defensive End: Chandler Jones
Defensive Tackle: Vince Wilfork
Defensive Tackle: Lawrence Guy
Inside Linebacker: Dont’a Hightower
Inside Linebacker: Jerod Mayo
Outside Linebacker: Rob Ninkovich
Outside Linebacker: Kyle Van Noy
Safety: Devin McCourty
Safety: Patrick Chung
Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore
Cornerback: Malcolm Butler
Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
Punter: Ryan Allen
Returner: Julian Edelman
Specialist: Matthew Slater
The selections that are probably the most up for debate are Wes Welker at receiver and Danny Amendola at “FLEX”. Perhaps you feel Amendola’s playoff accomplishments should have given him the nod over Welker, or that another player deserved the flex spot (LeGarrette Blount? Shane Vereen?).
On defense, Lawrence Guy is a pleasant surprise at defensive tackle. He’s been a solid all-around player and bright spot of the Pats defense since he arrived in 2017. It’s also nice to see Malcolm Butler get a nod at cornerback, despite how it ended for him here. He made arguably the single biggest play in franchise history.
Any notable snubs? You could make a case for Marcus Cannon at tackle, Shaq Mason at guard, multiple running backs and receivers. But there’s certainly nothing outrageous as far as omissions. Everyone who needed to make the team did.
Drop me a line and let me know who you would’ve picked for the Patriots’ All-2010s Team, if it’s different from above.
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