Though many new faces will be seen in Foxboro in 2021, the New England Patriots continue to retain key pieces of their 2020 roster, as well.
On a day in which the Pats had already agreed to reunite with running back James White, the team has also agreed on a four-year deal with defensive tackle Lawrence Guy. As first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the veteran lineman will remain in New England through his 35th birthday.
Since his arrival in New England in 2017, Guy has become one of the Pats most reliable and versatile defenders. As one of the stalwarts along the interior of the defensive line, Guy has compiled 235 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks. His leadership, both on and off the field earned him the honor of being named one of the Patriots’ defensive captains in 2020. A first time captain in 2020, Guy was the lone bright spot in the Patriots 26th ranked run defense, leading the defensive front seven in run stuffs.
Despite the Patriots’ difficulty defending the run in 2020, Guy proved to be their most effective run stopper. He also provided solid contributions to the Patriots pass rush, compiling 2 sacks and 7 quarterback hits. His return to New England’s Defensive front solidifies a unit that has already seen the additions of defensive lineman Henry Anderson, Davon Godchaux, Montravius Adams, Carl Davis, and Deatrich Wise Jr. as well as linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Matthew Judon, and Raekwon McMillan.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and Columnist for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. He is also the host of the Locked On Patriots podcast. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC