Jerod Mayo on what makes the Patriots locker room different
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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.
He always has an answer to a question no matter how ridiculous it might sound. He’s always quick to bring something to attention if maybe somebody else had missed it on a play or something. He could literally watch film and tell you what every position has to do, or if something broke down, how to fix it. It’s always good to be able to watch film with a veteran like Mayo.
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Good read on Mayo, who had arguably the best year of his career last year. Would still love to see him take the next step in his pass coverage. He’s flashed at times, but in my eyes that remains the weak part of his game. He has the speed and toughness, it’s just a matter of having that savvy in coverage to know where the ball is going. Bruschi developed it, hopefully Mayo can continue to as well.
I like the schemes, the chess aspect of the game, the strategy that goes into it — what the coaches are thinking. I like that part of the game a lot.
Any time you look at a good defense throughout the year, you always had a core group of guys that had been together for a long time. Hopefully we can get that here,” Mayo answered. “Hopefully we can get all the guys here and play with each other for a long time – go through this camp, go through training camp, and build that camaraderie and become a good defense.
There is a book of tricks, a book of calls, that an inside linebacker can use in that system," Bruschi explained on the weekly ESPNBoston.com podcast. "Jerod knows all those calls and he’s starting to use his arsenal of calls, and utilize other players, other pieces on his chessboard, to put them in position so he can make plays." On offense, Brady is a master chess player. Mayo is coming into his own as well. "It’s kind of like a quarterback: The linebacker has to make multiple, multiple decisions on every play," coach Bill Belichick said. "So many different things happen in a split second during the course of the play, just like it is for a quarterback.