Jerod Mayo, Patrick Chung talk preseason on M&M
|08.26.11 at 1:03 pm ET|
Linebacker Jerod Mayo and defensive back Patrick Chung joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon as part of WEEI’s Patriots Friday. To hear the interviews, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Patriots play the Lions Saturday night in Detroit in the third preseason game. As for how much he and the other starters will be playing, Chung said: “I’ve got one more word for you: Confidential.”
Mayo said Patriots starters approach the preseason thinking they’ll get extended playing time.
“Coach [Bill] Belichick always tells us to be ready to play the whole game, starting from the first preseason game to the last preseason game,” Mayo said. “That’s the mentality that we’ve always had, and that’s the mentality that we’ll continue to have.”
High preseason minutes may be because the Patriots do not see preseason games as merely a way to scheme against regular-season opponents, according to Mayo.
“We’re more just about getting the Patriots better,” he said.
Mayo said his personal goal this preseason is to “continue improving on my communication, making sure everyone is doing the right thing on the right spot.”
“I enjoy winning football games,” Mayo said, adding: “Whatever it takes to win, that’s what we’ll do.”
Regarding what the team needs to work on most, Chung said: “There’s always things to work on. Every aspect of everyone’s game should be worked on. Everything can get better, everything can get better, everything can get better. Nothing can be perfect when you strive for perfection.”
Despite the lockout limiting the offseason workouts, Mayo said that the Patriots “haven’t really missed a beat” in preseason.
Albert Haynesworth finally joined his teammates on the field this week. Mayo said the first thing he noticed seeing Haynesworth lining up near him was “obviously his size.”
“He’s a big man,” Mayo said, adding: “I’m excited to have him.”
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