Bill Belichick: Patriots Revolve Around ‘Glue, Chemistry Guy’ Jerod Mayo

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots lost an All-Pro linebacker when Jerod Mayo went down with a torn pectoral muscle last season, and according to head coach Bill Belichick, they also lost their glue. Belichick heaped enormous praise on Mayo, who has been a full participant in practice, before Friday’s Patriots’ training camp practice. Mayo is a great all-around linebacker...
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Belichick says Mayo has Bruschi-type leadership traits

BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe New England Patriots have a slew of recognizable names on their roster that can be classified as a team leader, from Tom Brady to Vince Wilfork.You can add veteran linebacker Jerod Mayo to that list.Coach Bill Belichick addressed the media prior to the team’s second training camp session Friday and was asked about the type of presence the seven-year vet brings...
Via AFC East Daily
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick with high praise for Jerod Mayo, says team revolves around him

Photo by Katie Shannon, nePatriotsLife.comThe Patriots went most of the season without their captain, Jerod Mayo last season, and apparently they missed more than just what he brings on the field.Bill Belichick had high praise for Mayo this morning, putting him on the level of the Tedy Bruschis of the world. The coach said that Mayo isn't only important to the defense, but to...
Via Patriots Life
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo Q&A "I’m excited about being back"

Via Patriots.comThe Patriots training camp started yesterday and no one was more excited to return than veteran linebacker Jerod Mayo. Mayo who led the Patriots in tackles for 5 years straight , was one half of the Patriots defensive injury implosion in the 2013 season. Jerod Mayo went out last year in the week 6 victory over the New Orleans Saints.Jerod Mayo via It...
Via Patriots Life
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Patriots' Camp Preview - Talented Front Seven Running On Star Power, Health

Editor's note: The following originally appeared on'a Hightower's draft profiles all said the same thing."No better run-stopping linebacker."  "A larger and more athletic Brandon Spikes."  "Pro-ready middle linebacker." - these audits were universal, as were the one that told us that he didn't do well in...
Via Foxborough Free Press
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Veteran Leaders Return To Field For Day 1 Of Patriots Training Camp (Video)

Former New England Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham said that looking at a football team during training camp is like “evaluating a swim team when they’re not in the water.” That’s why the biggest takeaway from Day 1 of Patriots training camp Thursday were the intangibles. What made this year’s camp different was the presence of last season’s injured veterans  – Vince...
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Jamie Collins is the key to the New England Patriots defense

The dog days of summer seem to be dragging extra slow of late. I’m not blaming it on the heat or my inability to go on vacation, just the absence of America’s true pastime: football. That being said, we are just one day removed from the official start of New England Patriots training camp! To help those 24 hours pass by a little quicker, here’s the next installment of Cover32...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Which AFC East Team Presents the Biggest Challenge to Patriots in 2014?

The New England Patriots are set to undergo Training Camp in 2014 and face some big questions. The talk of the NFL lately is how the other three teams in the AFC East might be strong enough to contend for the division title in 2014. Without question, the AFC East belongs to the New England Patriots until the day that Tom Brady retires. For now, here is a look at the Patriots division...
Via TopSportsReport
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Top-5: New England Patriot defenses of the last 25 years

The New England Patriots have been an offensive juggernaut for years. In the past 10 seasons, they have ranked in the top 10 in scoring offense exactly 10 times. It doesn’t get much better than that. Don’t expect much to change this season. The team returns the bulk of their roster on that side of the ball, including the all-important Tom Brady at quarterback. The defensive side...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots most likely to disappoint in 2014

With training camp just two weeks away, we are in the quiet part of the offseason, between OTAs and camp. Last year the New England Patriots, again, defended their dominance in the AFC East, winning twelve games and reaching the AFC Championship game. This offseason saw New England making multiple moves to try and position themselves for another run as a Super Bowl contender. Previously...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots' linebacker corps better through attrition, deft acquisitions

Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, very few considered linebacker depth amongst the New England Patriots' pressing needs.This despite the fact that weak side mainstay and defensive captain Jerod Mayo missed the last 10 games of the season after tearing his pectoral muscle, and not taking into account that starting middle linebacker Brandon Spikes was essentially fired late last...
Via Foxborough Free Press
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower Able To Have Fun For Patriots After Shaky 2013 Season

FOXBORO, Mass. — Something clicked for Dont’a Hightower near the end of his tumultuous 2013 season, and the New England Patriots linebacker was able to have fun again. Now, Hightower’s trying to carry over what he learned last season to have an even better time this season. The third-year linebacker was forced to take over more responsibility when Jerod Mayo’s season ended...
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots post-draft roster break down: Linebackers

With the off-season workouts underway, the rookies’ are running around trying to learn the offense and defense while the coaches tweak the depth chart. As training camp is just six weeks away there is at last a clearer picture of what the New England Patriots 2014 roster will look like heading into 2014. With just the bottom of the roster left to sort out between aging veterans...
Via cover32 - Patriots
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo ‘Doing Everything’ With Torn Pectoral During Patriots OTAs

FOXBORO, Mass. — Jerod Mayo’s 2013 season ended in disappointment after tearing his pectoral muscle early in the season, but the New England Patriots linebacker has got a jumpstart on next season. Mayo has been a full participant in Patriots organized team activities, and he said he’s taking the injury “one day at a time.” “I’ve been doing everything (at practice),”...
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Projected 53 Man Roster and Depth Chart

The 2014 season is likely to be a big season for the New England Patriots. After losing Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Rob Gronkowski, Aqib Talib among others to critical injuries, the Patriots were predicted to falter at many moments during the season and ultimately miss the playoffs. Those predictions were wrong. The Patriots have signed many key veterans over the free agency period...
Via TopSportsReport
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss


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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and Old Spice working to end “overspraying epidemic”

There’s a war going on that you may not even know about. We hear a lot about world events like missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Syria and the Middle East. But one thing we don’t hear about is the overspraying epidemic that exists for 75% of guys. Patriots All-Pro linebacker Jerod Mayo and Old Spice have teamed up to teach men how to scent responsibly and stop this epidemic...
Via The Scores Report
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mayo will miss Spikes' physicality against the run

BY DAN BEGNOCHEBack in uniform for the New England Patriots this season is linebacker Jerod Mayo, victim of a pectoral tear that cost him two-thirds of his 2013 season.Who won't be returning, however, is former linemate Brandon Spikes, recent recipient of a one-year, free agent deal with the rival Bills.That's a loss the Pats will surely feel this season, according to the...
Via AFC East Daily
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mayo still waiting to test pectoral with contact

Think Jerod Mayo missed football after he was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle last season? Picture this: The Patriots linebacker sitting at home, alone, watching his teammates on TV, making defensive calls as he so often did while on the field and healthy. Sound like a guy enjoying an early vacation? Mayo met with members of the media on Tuesday to discuss...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo: Brandon Spikes’ Jokes In Patriots’ Meetings Will Be Missed

The New England Patriots had a contingency plan set up for when linebacker Brandon Spikes would eventually leave in free agency. The writing was on the wall for Spikes’ eventual departure as far back as April 2012, when the Patriots drafted a big, run-stuffing linebacker — Dont’a Hightower. Drafting another linebacker, Jamie Collins, in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft...
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo isn't falling for any "dream team" talk

Although the Patriots are understandably excited about how the offseason has gone with the additions of so many talented players including Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Brandon LaFell and Will Smith, they also understand that games are not won in April or May. Defensive team captain Jerod Mayo knows that this team hasn't accomplished anything yet: "It’s...
Via Ex Pats
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dont'a Hightower says Steve Beauharnais is like Jerod Mayo

It's not clear what the plans are for Steve Beauharnais. Last year's seventh round pick from (drum roll please) Rutgers didn't have a large presence on the field. However, with the loss of Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher, Beauharnais could end up seeing the field more in 2014. According to Dont'a Hightower, Steve works incredibly hard behind the scenes. In fact,...
Via Ex Pats
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower Ready To Be Leader For Patriots After ‘Shaky’ Season

It was symbolic that Dont’a Hightower was the New England Patriots’ first non-captain to speak to the media this offseason at Gillette Stadium. Hightower was forced to take on a leadership role when Jerod Mayo went down with a torn pectoral muscle in 2013, and while his first few weeks without Mayo were shaky, he came on strong at the end of the year. Hightower believes he...
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo: 5 Things He MUST Do to Return to All-Pro Form

Jerod Mayo, a former 10th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft has been a pivotal component of the Patriots defense since his rookie season. Mayo has morphed into a big-time playmaker, but his lack of Ray Lewis-esque vocal leadership skills keeps him an underrated player in the NFL.  Mayo has led the league in tackles four times during his six-year career, but has never delivered at...
Via TopSportsReport
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Spikes’ departure leaves a hole for the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have made numerous changes on defense since their last Super Bowl championship after the 2004 season. One trend that has stood out has been the steady use of five or six defensive backs on a regular basis and leaving a linebacker (usually the middle linebacker) on the sidelines on second and third downs. With two linebackers on the field the Patriots were...
Via cover32 - Patriots
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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