Posts Tagged ‘Jerod Mayo’

Jerod Mayo’s Communication Helped Patriots as Much as His Play

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Jerod Mayo's season ended on Sunday. But New England's defense will have to play, think, and communicate as if he is still on the field with them. (NFL Game Rewind)

Jerod Mayo’s season ended on Sunday. But New England’s defense will have to play, think, and communicate as if he is still on the field with them. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Anthony Dixon gained three yards before he met Jerod Mayo at the 7:37 mark in the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Orchard Park. Yet for the New England Patriots linebacker, a two-time Pro Bowler and five-time captain, his 53rd tackle of the season would not be like the rest.

It would be his last.

Mayo’s right foot planted and his leg buckled as he halted the Buffalo Bills running back in the left A-gap. His teammate, edge-rusher Chandler Jones, arrived to finish the stop to force 2nd-and-7, only the damage had been done by then. Mayo knew it. The Patriots knew it.

On Monday, the fears were confirmed. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the lower right leg injury Mayo suffered was indeed season-ending. Yet even on Sunday, it was evident on the field that New England’s defense had lost its communicator, its green dot, its “Mike” linebacker, only six weeks in for the second consecutive season. (more…)

Defensive Adjustment: Charting Patriots Personnel in Wake of Jerod Mayo’s Pectoral Injury

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The Patriots defense will be forced to adjust without Jerod Mayo, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle versus the Saints. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

As Yahoo Sports’ Les Carpenter first reported, the New England Patriots will be without captain and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo for the foreseeable future. In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Mayo and teammate Steve Gregory collided on opposite ends of Saints tailback Darren Sproles.

The pass from quarterback Drew Brees fell incomplete. The incompletion, however, also left the six-year pro wincing on the Gillette Stadium turf. And it was later learned that Mayo had suffered a torn right pectoral muscle and underwent surgery Tuesday.

According to Mike Petraglia of, the tear was suspected to sideline the 2008 first-round draft pick for eight weeks at the very least. But with New England having spent its injured reserve-designated to return tag on running back Shane Vereen, Mayo was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. His season is over.

Where do the Patriots go from here? Can the defense find a way to function without the 27-year-old’s 407 defensive snaps, 55 tackles and two sacks through six contests? The answer to those questions is not yet known, but what we do know is how New England reacted in his absence.


Ranking the Patriots Roster from #90 to #1

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Patriots Training Camp

The Patriots roster might be the deepest in the league from 1-90. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots pre-season roster is deep – really deep. Just how deep are they? Well, I decided to take an in depth look at the current roster and rank the players from top to bottom based on a combination of talent and the likelihood they will make the team.

It really paints a picture of how deep the roster is and how many tough decisions the coaching staff will be faced with as training camp moves forward.


2012 Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Can Brandon Spike stay healthy for an entire season?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Training camp starts on Thursday and we begin to wind down our positional previews by taking a look at the linebackers on the current roster.

The Patriots have assembled a talented and young linebacker unit, mainly using high draft picks on the position. With roster spots limited, the linebackers along with the defensive backs, will be the toughest position to cut down.

Who will make the final 53 and will any surprise cuts occur?


Patriots vs Giants: Course Correction

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Patriots vs Giants Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo patrolling the middle of the field would help alleviate a lot of the Patriots defensive woes.

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

If I see another clip of that helmet catch… I’ll probably do nothing, except be really mad.

The Patriots will try to bounce back after a tough loss against the Steelers when the Giants come into town on Sunday. Consecutive games against the Steelers, Giants and Jets pointed out to me just how many teams I consider the Patriots rivals.

If I were to rank the current Patriots rivalries it would probably go: 1. Jets 2. Steelers 3. Colts 4. Dolphins 5. Ravens 6. Chargers 7. Giants 8. Bills.

Regardless of how you rank those teams, after Super Bowl 42, this game/rivalry definitely means something to Patriots fans.

Here’s what I’ll be looking for late Sunday afternoon:


Patriots vs Raiders: Keys to Victory

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

With a day to digest the Patriots latest triumph, I’ve grown to be far more optimistic than I was immediately following it. Of course, watching the Jets last night might have helped up that optimism leading into next week but still, what we saw yesterday was a classic, almost vintage, Brady-Belichick Patriots victory.

The Patriots stopped what they needed to, did a decent job of clock control, and played a bend but don’t break defense.


Waking Up: Thomas Williams

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Patriots Thomas Williams

Who is your sleeper to make the Patriots squad in 2010?

Every year, fans and media types pick their sleepers, binkies, favorites, whatever you want to call them, to make the 53-man roster this August. Much has been made already about Thomas Williams, an inside-linebacker that weighs in at 248 pounds, that more than one writer has tagged as a sleeper for the 2010 squad.


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