Patriots Training Camp Preview: Linebacker
The Patriots lost two linebackers this offseason - Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher, and though they didn’t make a splashy addition to replace them this offseason, they still have a promising starting trio remaining. The headline is that defensive signal caller Jerod Mayo returns from a pectoral tear that ended his 2013 season early.
But the depth behind Mayo, Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins is still largely an unknown. With a collection of rookie and veteran free agents, the Pats could find themselves with some new faces at the linebacker position making an impact.
Here’s our preview of the linebackers.
Was looking through my original Patriots blog today that started in December of 2007 and some of the posts are pretty entertaining.
Some because of how wrong I was, others because I’m preaching the same stuff I preach now, but this one is just Don Banks nailing the Jerod Mayo pick.
Maybe I’ll make these throwbacks to the old blog a weekly thing in the offseason.
Who have the Patriots missed most?
The New England Patriots’ injuries in 2013 have been well-documented, but three stand out far above the rest.
Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo were to be integral parts of the Patriots’ plans this season, but each would find themselves playing less than seven full games and eventually on IR.
The Patriots have clearly missed all three players this season but who have they missed the most?
Just because Jerod Mayo’s season on the field is done doesn’t mean he’s not still doing good off the field. Here’s a pic from yesterday, with Jerod delivering more than 1,000 inspirational messages through EMD Serono's Notes of Hope Program at the American Cancer Society’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center of Boston.
It’s so refreshing to see all the good that the Patriots do off the field in the community. Every Tuesday they’re out giving their time to people who need it. Great stuff from them all, especially Mayo, who could’ve disappeared into the shadows after his injury, but has kept up his role as a leader both on and off the field.
Jerod Mayo on what makes the Patriots locker room different
Thanks to @PatriotsXLVIII for putting this up.
Linebacker Jerod Mayo has had surgery on a torn pectoral muscle and is out at least eight weeks, a source tells WEEI.com. If his rehab goes well, then Mayo is likely to return to working out in six weeks. If there’s a chance the captain of the Patriots defense could return for late in the season and the playoffs, the team is likely to hold off placing him on injured reserve.
New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo could miss the rest of the season after having surgery Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, Yahoo Sports has learned. The injury, confirmed by two sources, is a blow to the Patriots, who pulled out a last-second victory over New Orleans on Sunday but may have lost four key players for significant time.