The New England Patriots announced their 2014 team captains on Wednesday. Six players in total will lead the club moving forward. Many of the elected captains have held the position before. Offensive guard Dan Connolly is one surprise addition to the group after the departure of long-time veteran Logan Mankins.
Connolly is expected to start somewhere along the Patriots offensive line this season. He can play both guard and center and has successfully done so in years past. Connolly has been with the team on and off since 2007. He started his first game at guard in 2009 and has been fixture up front ever since. He’s set to make $4 million in this season.
“Dan’s had a really good year,” said coach Bill Belichick of Connolly on Wednesday. “He’s a sharp guy, works hard and had a good offseason.”
Belichick applauded Connolly’s versatility and ability as a player as well. Belichick’s praise, compliments and support undoubtedly went a long way in helping Connolly get elected as a captain.
Brady, Wilfork, Mayo and Slater were captains in 2013. It will be Brady’s 13th season holding the title. Connolly receives the honors for the first time.
Darrelle Revis is one guy who could have been selected as a team captain. He brings years of experience and leadership to the table, but obviously is in his first year with New England. Nevertheless, the Patriots leaders are second to none. They’re in good hands.