Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler
Since signing with the New England Patriots in 2017, Stephon Gilmore has become one of the best corners in the game.
Gilmore’s Patriots career actually got off to a bit of a rough start, but he’s completely turned it around since then and is now one of the most respected defenders in the NFL. Gilmore was a First-team All-Pro in 2018 and has had some huge moments already as a member of the Patriots. He is looking to add a Defensive Player of the Year award to his resume in 2019.
Malcolm Butler needs no introduction, we all know how he made his name. However, one play doesn’t get you an All-Decade nomination. Butler proved that he wasn’t a fluke with a Pro Bowl nod in 2015 and a Second-team All-Pro selection in 2016. His final act with the Patriots will always be controversial, but there’s no denying that he was a very important factor to the team for a few years.
Safety: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung
Devin McCourty is the one of the only players on this list that will play the entirety of the 2010s as a Patriot. He’s been on the field for all 22 playoff games they’ve been in this decade as well. He has been selected to the All-Pro Second-team three times. Out of a possible 178 games including playoffs, McCourty has only missed five.
If not for a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, Patrick Chung would also be able to say that he played as a Patriot for all of the 2010s. I guess we can’t be too hard on him for only being on the team for nine years of the decade.
Honorable Mentions: Duron Harmon