One of the weakest spots in the Patriots defense last year was the linebacker position, mostly due to the loss of their leader and team captain, Jerod Mayo. Mayo tore his pectoral muscle week 6 of the 2013 NFL season, on October 13th and hasn’t played a snap since. Jerod Mayo is one of the most important players on the field for the Patriots and the loss of him as well as Vince Wilfork was just too much to overcome for the Patriots defense in 2013.
While we probably won’t get to see if the old Jerod Mayo is back until week 1, rest assured he is doing everything he can to get back on the field better than ever. Mayo has been a full participant in early organized team activities going into 2014.
“I’m doing everything,” Mayo said after Monday’s practice. “We’ll see when we put the pads on. Right now, it’s passing camp, so it’s not the banging and things like that.”
The Patriots should be much improved at the linebacker spot in 2014. The development of players like Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins, as well as the signing of James Anderson will hopefully help give Mayo the support he has needed for years. A steady leader in tackles in the NFL, Mayo could use some rest throughout the season to keep him in shape for what should be another deep postseason run.
Mayo added that he is taking the injury “one day at a time,” which may be the most used phrase in Patriots history. Taking it slow will be important in getting Mayo back in action for the long haul.