Patriots

Bedard: With Devin McCourty likely back in the fold, resetting the 2021 Patriots defensive depth chart

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

Devin McCourty told WEEI on Thursday that barring an offseason change of heart, he will be back for his 12th season in New England.

“I think it’s always tough when you get down to the end of the year to start talking about the future, but for right now I’m still enjoying football; I plan on playing next year,” McCourty said. “Just trying to finish out these two games the best way I can, then when the offseason hits, evaluating and doing all of that stuff. But still feel pretty healthy and love going out there and competing.”

When it comes to the Patriots' 2021 offseason, that's a fairly significant piece of the puzzle. With McCourty back in the fold, that gives us a good opportunity to reset the defensive depth chart — including free agents — at each position. Then we'll give some of our thoughts on where the holes are, and which ones should be a priority.