Four veterans, one rookie make up New York Jets’ 2021 team captains
On Wednesday afternoon, the New York Jets announced their five team captains for the 2021 NFL season.
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Quarterback Zach Wilson, wide receiver Corey Davis, defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and cornerback/special teams ace Justin Hardee will be donning a “C” on their jerseys this season.
The captains were voted on by the players. Head coach Robert Saleh also mentioned that there will be a sixth captain selected by the coaching staff each week.
Mosley had served as a team captain in the 2019 season. Fatukasi also elevated to captain status during the 2019 season, although he did not have the patch on his jersey.
Wilson assumes captain duties to begin his rookie season. Not all rookie quarterbacks are able to earn the honor – Wilson’s predecessor, Sam Darnold, was not named a captain until his second season.
Top overall pick Trevor Lawrence was named a team captain by the Jaguars today. The teams of fellow first-round rookie quarterbacks Trey Lance, Mac Jones, and Justin Fields have not announced their captains yet.
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At 26 years old and entering his fifth NFL season, Davis is a captain for the first time in his career. Hardee, 27, is also a first-time captain as he enters his fifth season.
The Jets’ 2020 team captains were Darnold, George Fant, Marcus Maye, Steve McLendon, and Matthias Farley. Fant and Maye notably remain on the team but lost their “C” patches while the other three players are employed elsewhere.
New York’s five-man crew of captains will take the field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday for the season-opening coin toss in Charlotte, N.C., ahead of the Jets’ clash with the Carolina Panthers.