Should the Patriots bring Brandon Spikes back?

Brandon Spikes is a free agent after completing his one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the New England Patriots after they selected him in the second-round of the 2010 draft.  Before departing last offseason, Spikes took a few shots at the Patriots, even saying he was a slave for four years. Now that he’s a free agent,...
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Patriots: Offseason Player Profile Part 4: Jerod Mayo

In this series, I look at different memebers of the Patriots and predict what the team will decide to do with them. Next up in our series, linebacker Jerod Mayo
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ 2015 Linebackers Outlook: Jerod Mayo Might Need To Take Pay Cut

Editor’s note: will go position by position to break down the Patriots’ depth chart heading into the 2015 offseason. Next up: the defensive line. Jerod Mayo could do the New England Patriots a huge favor this offseason. The Patriots linebacker is set to be one of the Patriots’ highest paid players in 2015 with a $10.6 million salary cap hit, and the team won a Super...
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick Reveals Love For Monkey Puppets At Super Bowl Media Day

Bill Belichick lets his hair down when he wants to. The New England Patriots head coach showed his kinder, gentler side Tuesday at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day in Phoenix when asked about stuffed animals by linebacker Jerod Mayo’s daughter, Chya. “What stuffed animals do I like?” Belichick responded with a smile. “I like, like, a little puppet. You can kind of put your fingers...
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Pumped-Up Tom Brady Once Head-Butted Jerod Mayo, Chipped His Tooth

Tom Brady is so fiery, it hurts. Hurts his teammates, that is. The New England Patriots quarterback has been known to scare his teammates with his violent and intense touchdown celebrations, and his love for dropping f-bombs on the sideline has been well-documented. But only one teammate (that we know of) actually had to make a trip to the dentist as a direct result of Brady’s...
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady once chipped Jerod Mayo's tooth with headbutt

We have learned a lot about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the first of two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. For starters, we know he likes his footballs a lot less inflated than some other quarterbacks. We also know he is so intense before games that he has been known to...Read More
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pro-Bowl Snubs?

Were any Patriots snubbed from the 2014 Pro-Bowl? Kyle:  The only snub I can think of is Dont’a Hightower. He has been a force inside- a game changer that it is glaring Jerod Mayo is not. Mayo makes a bunch of tackles, but Hightower makes impact plays. Beyond Hightower, there is no other Patriot who was snubbed. Let’s hope that none of the Pro Bowl talk matters and that the...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots LB Akeem Ayers: Lopsided Trade Benefiting New England.

Without defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker, Jerod Mayo, landing on IR, the Patriots acquired Ayers, in what could be described as a lopsided deal. 
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick: Jamie Collins Handled Increased Role ‘Very Well’ Vs. Chargers

The New England Patriots already are without linebacker Jerod Mayo, so when Dont’a Hightower was declared inactive for Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, there was some concern about who would step up at the position. Jamie Collins quickly put an end to those concerns. The second-year outside linebacker was a force in New England...
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The New England Patriots shore up their linebacking core

With the season ending knee injury to star linebacker Jerod Mayo Week 6 the Patriots used the trade deadline as their friend. Hate them or love them they are always crafty when it comes to making moves to fill a need because of injury and you have to respect them for that. The Pats acquired linebacker Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans for a 6th round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower: Jonathan Casillas, Akeem Ayers Raise Patriots’ Football IQ

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots went from having the NFL’s best linebacker depth to desperation mode in just one year. The Patriots were downright loaded at the position in 2013, with Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower as starters and Jamie Collins and Dane Fletcher serving as valuable depth — especially after Mayo and Spikes went down with season...
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Who is the Bigger Loss, Mayo or Ridley?

Rick: With Chandler Jones out for the next month, you have to say the bigger loss for the Patriots is Jerod Mayo. With Mayo out, the team loses a key leader on defense and someone who helps out against the run. Without Mayo and Jones, the team will be lacking two significant pieces on a defense that was awful at stopping the run and can’t generate much of a pass rush. The Ridley...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

BREAKING: New England Patriots trade for a Jerod Mayo replacement

With the loss of Jerod Mayo, there has been a 250-pound hole in the center of the Patriots run defense. Today, they made a move to fix that. New England made a trade for Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers, who has been struggling the last two seasons. In 2012, Ayers tallied 104 tackles and six sacks, but only managed 49 tackles and one sack last year. After undergoing two knee...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Tennessee Titans to trade OLB Akeem Ayers to New England Patriots

After their Week 6 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots lost two key components to their team in running back Steven Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo. With the Patriots already having depth at the running back position there was no need to go out and sign another RB. But at the linebacker position, the Pats lost Mayo, who is a leader on that defense and depth...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Update: Jerod Mayo undergoes surgery

Jerod Mayo underwent surgery this past week on his knee that will effectively end his season and leave him out of New England Patriots activities until mini-camp next year.  NFL media insider Ian Rappaport reports Mayo suffered a patellar tendon tear in New England game against the New York Jets. #468506183 / Patellar tendon tears are an immediate surgical...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Shane Vereen: Frisky Jets; Replacing Mayo; New weapons

In case you missed it: Columns from the cover32 universe to catch up on anything and everything from the New England Patriots this week. New England Patriots - Shane Vereen can’t be stopped. (READ) - How did the Patriots play against the Jets? (READ) - Can the Pats replace Jerod Mayo? (READ) - Is Tom Brady gaining trust in some new targets? (READ) You may also be interested...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

What Did Chicago Bears Learn From Thursday Night Football?

The New England Patriots are the Chicago Bears final opponent before the bye week.  What did their Thursday Night Football victory show? Loss Of Jerod Mayo Only Hurt Their Run Defense For all their dominance of the AFC over the past decade and a half, the Patriots haven’t had the kind of defense they did during the dynasty years.  They’ve especially struggled against the...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pats LB Mayo, RB Ridley placed on injured reserve

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots placed linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players damaged their right knees in last Sunday's victory at Buffalo. New England signed offensive lineman Chris Barker and running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Mayo is one of the Patriots' leaders...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

How the New England Patriots Account for Jerod Mayo's Absence

For the second consecutive year, week 6 will mark the last game of Jerod Mayo's season. Last season, the loss was compounded by the absences of Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly. This resulted in the Patriots consistently getting gashed in the running game. Now, New England must figure out how…
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley Placed On Injured Reserve By Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s official: New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley will not play again this season. Mayo and Ridley were placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Patriots on Thursday, according to the NFL transaction wire. Both players suffered severe knee injuries last Sunday in the Patriots’ 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills. The...
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo undergoes knee surgery

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo underwent knee surgery on Thursday The season ending knee injury that Jerod Mayo suffered was a huge blow to the Patriots defense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that Mayo underwent surgery on his torn patellar tendon. The hope is that Mayo will be ready to go for OTA’s next year. […] The post Jerod Mayo undergoes knee...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Jerod Mayo Underwent Surgery To Repair Patellar Tendon In Knee

Jerod Mayo hasn’t been placed on injured reserve by the New England Patriots yet, but we now know the extent of the All-Pro linebacker’s knee injury. Mayo underwent surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee,’s Tom E. Curran reported Thursday morning. Curran reports that Mayo has a six-month recovery period, which puts him on track to participate...
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Banged-Up Patriots Must Buy Into ‘Next Man Up’ Idea Now More Than Ever

The New England Patriots are in a familiar position. The injury bug bit the Patriots hard in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. New England lost linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley for the season. The Pats also saw lineman Dan Connolly go down with a head injury. Now what? Life in the NFL is all about adjustments and adapting. Whether they can do that in coming weeks...
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Deontae Skinner Feels No Pressure Taking Over Jerod Mayo’s Role

FOXBORO, Mass. — Deontae Skinner didn’t even make it past the 75-man roster cut for the New England Patriots this summer, and now he’s a starting linebacker in the NFL. Skinner was waived by the Patriots on Aug. 26 — four days before NFL teams had to whittle their rosters down to the 53-man limit. Since Skinner was among the Patriots’ first cuts, it was surprising that...
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the New England Patriots find a way to replace Jerod Mayo?

New England Patriots’ linebacker Jerod Mayo is done for the season after injuring his knee in the second quarter of last Sunday’s 37-22 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Stevan Ridley also suffered a season-ending knee injury during the course of the game, but he is far more replaceable than Mayo. The Patriots have a stable of running backs in Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and rookie...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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