The Patriots lost captain and star linebacker Jerod Mayo for at least a few weeks because of a sprained MCL against the Raiders, and that leaves a big hole in their defense. It also means that, more than likely, Gary Guyton will step in.
If that sounds familiar, it’s the same thing that happened in 2009 when Mayo suffered a similar injury and had to miss three games. Guyton stepped in in the middle, made 10 tackles in a loss to the Jets, and started for three more games before Mayo returned.
“Back then, a situation happened, I guess it reoccurred, so I’m here now to work,” Guyton said. “I’ve done it before, and I feel comfortable doing it.”
That’s a good sign. No, he’s not Mayo. Few are. But, at the least, the Patriots had a player who excels at preparing and will be ready. He’ll be wearing the green dot showing he’s the signal-caller. He’s also worked at that.
“I always come in, even listen to the plays, I always take mental reps,” Guyton said. “Even if I’m not in, I’m alway