No team had more players opt out of the 2020 season than the New England Patriots. Of the eight, some had never even taken a snap here – like wide receiver Marqise Lee and fullback Dan Vitale.
But four in particular have been staples of the team’s success – Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Brandon Bolden and Marcus Cannon.
Friday morning on Tom Curran’s Patriots Talk Podcast, Devin McCourty indicated that all could be returning.
“From my understanding they’ll all be back,” said McCourty. “B. Bolden, High, Chung. So I can’t wait. Those are my guys – (Marcus) Cannon. I just can’t wait to be back around those guys. Even outside of football, seeing them every day, seeing their nice faces.”
This isn’t official, of course. Each player is in his 30s and Bill Belichick may have his own plans for 2021. But there’s little debate the Patriots will be a better team if those players – Chung and Hightower in particular – do indeed return.
McCourty, who’s been nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award which will be announced this weekend, shared plenty of other insights relative to the Patriots 2020 season and where he sees them headed in 2021.
Also discussed in the new episode - McCourty talks about Patriots opt outs returning, being nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and much more. Sports Illustrated's Jenny Vrentas also discussed her recent article on "Gap Years" Patriots.