The New England Patriots have announced their team captains for the 2023 season.
Headlining the list, of course, is third-year starting quarterback Mac Jones. This is his second straight year as a team captain, after having to earn his keep as a rookie in 2021.
But the team also had a potential open spot created by the retired Devin McCourty among the captains, so there was always likely to be at least one new face. For 2023, there are two new faces.
Only Captains in the Building. pic.twitter.com/l55XwjlWsA— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 8, 2023
The Pats announced their 2023 captains on X Friday morning, in the style of the hit Hulu series “Only Murders In The Building.” After having five captains for the first two seasons of Mac Jones’ career, they now have six, including the QB.
Returning captains that are not the least bit surprising are special teams cornerstone Matthew Slater, center David Andrews, and linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley. But there are two new additions, one on each side of the ball.
On offense, the newest captain is tight end Hunter Henry. A former Charger who never played a full season until he came to New England, Henry is poised to score his share of touchdowns as one of the team’s top red zone threats under new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
As for the newest defensive captain, the 1-for-1 replacement for Devin McCourty is veteran defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. Wise has always been one of the hardest-working Patriots since his rookie season in 2017, consistently staying late after practice for extra work. It’s not surprising that head coach Bill Belichick finally rewarded Wise with captain status.
Here’s a quick, closer look at each of the Patriots’ team captains for 2023…