Jerod Mayo Gives Brutally Honest Drake Maye Review After First Pats Practices

The first-year head coach kept it real about Maye's first practices in a Patriots uniform.
May 11, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Drake Maye (10) works out
May 11, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Drake Maye (10) works out / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

First-year head coach Jerod Mayo got another chance to look at quarterback Drake Maye and the rest of the rookies over the weekend for New England Patriots rookie minicamp. 

Rookie minicamp is a great way for coaches to get a closer look at the players they selected in the draft. Meanwhile, it’s a great opportunity for the rookies to get adjusted to the NFL before training camp and the preseason rolls around.

For New England, this year’s rookie minicamp is extra special as the coaches get to see Maye in somewhat live action while learning the playbook and getting to know his playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.

Mayo was asked about his early impressions of Maye by reporters over the weekend and kept it real with his answer.

“He has a lot to work on,” the first-year head coach said. “He has a lot to work on, but I have no doubt that he’ll put the time in.” 

Patriots News: Jerod Mayo Keeps It Real About First Drake Maye Impressions

Mayo added that the former UNC star quarterback was at the facility all night trying to get on the same page.

If you read Mayo’s quote without listening to the video, you’d think he was harsh towards Maye. However, the first-time head coach just gave regular coach speak to the media, not getting too high or too low on the rookie quarterback.

At the same time, Mayo already notices the work that the young quarterback is putting in to be better and prepare for the 2024 season. If you work in the Patriots’ front office or are a fan of the team, you must be excited about this new era of New England football.

Maye has the tools and talents to be better than Mac Jones, but it will take some time. There’s a reason why the Patriots are long shots to win the division (+2400 on FanDuel Sportsbook). However, Maye has the opportunity to rewrite history in New England after a disastrous end to the Mac Jones era.

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