McCourty a captain in 3rd season

The Patriots announced their team captains today. They are the same captains as last season.

Offense: Tom Brady, Logan Mankins

Defense: Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Vince Wilfork

Special teams: Matthew Slater

Of the group, the inclusion of McCourty -- in his just his third season -- stands out. The 2010 Pro Bowler is coming off a rocky sophomore season, in which he was also a captain, but he's obviously displayed some impressive leadership for his teammates to vote him a captain for the second straight year.