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Chandler Jones on MFB: ‘Definitely could have done better, but a win is a win’ 09.22.14 at 1:10 pm ET
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Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, part of a defense that has allowed just 16 points combined in the last two games, made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Monday to recap Sunday’s win. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Jones and his teammates kept the Raiders out of the end zone in a 16-9 victory, but he said there are plenty of things the team needs to work on.

“I feel like we also have room for improvement, always room for improvement,” Jones said. “We definitely could have done better, but a win is a win, and we’ve got to keep moving forward. That’s our thing is to keep moving forward.”

Jones was complimentary of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr last week, and he said Carr was quick to offer thanks — among many comments he made during Sunday’s contest.

“I spoke to Derek Carr during the game, actually,” Jones said. “He was one of the quarterbacks that actually spoke the most — most of any quarterback I’ve ever played against. … Not trash, not trash at all. Stuff like [saying hello]. Or, ‘You’re not going to catch me. It was strange.”

Added Jones: “I had said in an interview before the game, I don’t see Derek Carr as being a rookie quarterback — which I don’t, he’s a very good player. I guess he’s one of those guys who reads articles about him, because early in the game he came up to me and said ‘Hey, Chandler, I really like what you said about me.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, thanks.’

“He’s a really good quarterback. He’s a very good quarterback. We didn’t get a chance to get him, because that’s credit to him. He has very good awareness in the pocket. There were a few times when I would have got another quarterback or someone that stood back there. He got away from me a few times, which is credit to him. He has very good scrambling abilities. He’s a young quarterback; I still don’t see him as a rookie quarterback. He’s a good player.”

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Jerod Mayo on MFB: ‘We’re not overlooking Oakland at all’ 09.19.14 at 2:19 pm ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, who missed Thursday practice as he became a father for the third time, made his weekly appearance with Middays with MFB on Friday to preview Sunday’s home opener against the Raiders.

The Raiders come in at 0-2, but Mayo said the Patriots aren’t overlooking them.

“This is the third game of the season. Some teams are 0-2, but it really doesn’t describe how a team is,” Mayo said. “This is a veteran-led team. They have a of older guys, a lot guys who know how to play football in this league and have won a lot of games. So we’re not overlooking Oakland at all. Obviously we’re excited to open up here at Gillette. Hopefully it’s a good game.”

Derek Carr is the only rookie quarterback starting this season, and the second-round pick from Fresno State has shown some promise.

Said Mayo: “He has a huge arm. He’s also very mobile. He’ll get outside the pocket. A lot of people don’t talk too much about his athleticism, but this guy can run. He can make all the throws. And he seems like he’s a smart guy. They’re obviously not trying to do too much with him, being a rookie, but at the same time, he can make all the throws and make all the plays. It will be a challenge for us up front trying to get pressure on him as well, and in the back covering these receivers.”

Fellow linebacker Dont’a Hightower is off to a strong start this season.

“Ever since I came into the league, he’s always been a student of the game. He’s always studying,” Mayo said.”I think it starts in the classroom. This guy’s asking questions, asking questions, asking the right questions. And it’s translating over to the field. He’s a very big, athletic guy that can run, and he can do a lot of different things for us. He’s a versatile player. Whatever the coaches ask him to do, he’s willing to do, and he’s been helping us these first couple of weeks.”

The Patriots defense dominated the Vikings on Sunday after allowing a touchdown on the first series, helping New England to a 30-7 victory.

“Obviously the score says it all. We were excited about that. We were able to get after him early in the game. I think it’s all about winning first down, getting those long-yardage situations — second-and-10, third-and-8 — and then letting those guys pin their ears back and get after the quarterback. It was exciting to see last week. We’re on to Oakland now, and we have to continue to build on that.”

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Jerod Mayo, Don Jones return as 10 limited at Patriots practice 09.18.14 at 5:42 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo returned to full participation in practice Thursday after being away Wednesday due to the birth of his third child.

Safety and special teams player Don Jones returned Thursday after nursing a hamstring issue that caused him to miss Wednesday. Jones was one of 10 Patriots listed as limited. That list also included tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell.

For the Raiders, linebacker Sio Moore (ankle) and receiver Rod Streater (hip) missed their second straight day of practice. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hand), corner Carlos Rogers (knee) and defensive lineman Justin Tuck (illness) all returned after missing Wednesday.

Here’s the complete report:

Limited
S Don Jones (hamstring)
DE Michael Buchanan (ankle)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
OL Dan Connolly (knee)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)
DT Sealver Siliga (hand)
RB Shane Vereen (shoulder)
OL Ryan Wendell (knee)

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Perfect attendance for Patriots at Thursday practice at 12:13 pm ET
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According to reports, the Patriots had perfect attendance at practice Thursday, as linebacker Jerod Mayo and safety Don Jones both returned after not practice on Wednesday. It appears Mayo was absent on Wednesday because of the birth of his child.

Meanwhile, Jones was dealing with a hamstring injury.

The Patriots continue preparation for their home opener this weekend against the Raiders.

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LB Jerod Mayo’s absence from Wednesday practice not injury related 09.17.14 at 5:59 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo‘s absence from Wednesday practice was not injury related, according to the team.

The veteran linebacker was not spotted during the media portion of practice on Wednesday, and was identified as missing the session — however, the team noted on the injury report that it was not the result of an injury issue. In addition to Mayo’s absence, the only other player who was noted as out from today’s practice was safety Don Jones, who reportedly has a hamstring issue.

The Patriots also listed nine players as limited, including tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell.

Here’s a look at the complete report:

Did Not Practice
LB Jerod Mayo (not injury related)
S Don Jones (hamstring)

Limited
DE Michael Buchanan (ankle)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
OL Dan Connolly (knee)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)
DT Sealver Siliga (hand)
RB Shane Vereen (shoulder)
OL Ryan Wendell (knee)

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Jerod Mayo absent, Jamie Collins returns to Patriots practice at 1:09 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jamie Collins returned to practice Wednesday but another linebacker was absent as the Patriots began preparations for the Oakland Raiders in the home openers this Sunday.

Jerod Mayo was not spotted at the start of full pads practice as the team worked out on the upper grass fields.

Collins missed practice Thursday and Friday last week with a thigh injury and was inactive for the 30-7 win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Mayo did not play a snap in the preseason but has played in both of the team’s regular season games, as he returns from a torn pectoral muscle that ended his season last October in a win against the Saints.

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Jerod Mayo on MFB: ‘It’s going to take a group effort’ to stop Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 09.12.14 at 2:27 pm ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Middays with MFB on Friday afternoon to preview Sunday’s game against the Vikings. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Coming off a loss to the Dolphins in the opener in which the Patriots defense struggled to contain the rush, New England now must face standout Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

“Obviously, it’s going to take more than one person. It’s going to take a group effort, all the way across the board. Defensive line, linebackers — if he breaks through those guys, the secondary. It will take 11 guys to stop him on each and every play.

“They have a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball, with the receivers, the tight end’s pretty good. We’re also familiar with [Matt] Cassel, he can move around in the pocket and run the ball. It will take a group effort.”

The Patriots’ opener was disappointing especially for how New England squandered a 10-point halftime lead and was dominated in the second 30 minutes.

“We just didn’t execute at the same level,” Mayo said. “We were getting the turnovers in the first half and doing a good job. We need to put four quarters together, and that’s been our focus this week.”

Added Mayo: “Obviously we didn’t finish the game, but we wanted to. We were missing something, I’m not sure [if it was lacking a more aggressive attitude]. Execution — if we execute it will be a different story. Hopefully this week we can go out and put four quarters together.”

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