The Patriots named their captains this morning, and there were a couple of names that stood out with the six guys who earned the honor.

The guys named were Logan Mankins, Tom Brady, Matthew Slater, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, and Devin McCourty.

McCourty is in his second year with the team, and seeing him already earn that recognition was kind of surprising considering all the recent discussion surrounding Patrick Chung potentially stepping into that spot.

Slater’s a good story because he’s always been a solid contributor on special teams, and he really stepped up as a receiver in the final game against New York.

Last year’s captains – for anyone who is curious – were RB Kevin Faulk, Wilfork, Brady and Mayo.