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Jerod Mayo on OM&F: ‘There’s definitely a respect level’ for Giants 11.13.15 at 12:00 pm ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Friday to discuss the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Giants. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Much has been made of the fact that the Giants own a three-game winning streak over the Patriots, including two Super Bowl wins, as the Pats take a perfect record to the Meadowlands for Sunday’s matchup.

“There’s definitely a respect level for this team,” Mayo said of the Giants. “They’ve been playing well for a long time. But honestly, looking back then, there’s nothing for us, because these two teams are totally different. I think we probably have, what, like seven or eight players on this team now that were on that 2011 team. And the same with them. So you’ve got two different teams, both prepare well, both coached well, and it will be a good game.”

Mayo wouldn’t buy into the thought that the Patriots are gaining extra motivation from the previous losses.

“We want to win every game,” he said. “We want to win every game. You use the word ‘incentive,’ but we want to win every game. Getting another victory is the main goal this week.”

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Jerod Mayo on OM&F: ‘We really don’t’ listen to media criticism 09.30.15 at 11:23 am ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday with the team riding high at 3-0 as it heads into its bye week. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

One year ago the Patriots were 2-2 and coming off a humiliating loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. They then proceeded to turn things around in a big way, finishing 12-4 and winning the fifth Super Bowl of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era.

Mayo said the players never let the negativity from fans and media affect them in 2014.

“We really don’t [listen to the media],” Mayo said. “That’s one thing we really don’t even talk about. It’s all about the guys in that room and the guys in the building. That’s where our focus is on.”

Mayo said he’ll use the bye week to get his house in order.

“You always try to make the bye week as productive as possible,” he said. “Get all the off-the-field stuff out of the way as far as stacking up your mail and returning all your calls and things like that so you can focus and finish the season well. Like you said, it’s early in the year, but at the same time we’re focused on [Week 5 opponent] Dallas and getting the New England Patriots better.”

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LB coach Patrick Graham says veteran Jerod Mayo still ‘big part’ of Patriots defense 09.28.15 at 12:49 pm ET
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Jerod Mayo was a first round pick of the Patriots in 2008. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jerod Mayo was a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2008. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The Patriots have utilized a lot of nickel and dime defense over the first three games of the season. As a result, veteran Jerod Mayo has been the odd man out on several occasions, as New England has leaned heavily on the likes of athletic youngsters like Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower fairly regularly at the linebacker spot.

But linebackers coach Patrick Graham said Monday afternoon that just because the 29-year-old Mayo — who has seen his last two seasons come to a premature end because of injury — isn’t on the field as often as he was in the past, it doesn’t mean the former All-Pro isn’t contributing.

“Jerod is doing a great job of being a leader on the defense, being out there on the field and playing well when he’s out there on the field,” Graham said. “We’re doing what we think … we’re just going to keep pushing toward our goal in terms of the team getting better and working together. Whether it’s [Jonathan] Freeny, Mayo, Collins, Hightower, whoever we think. Whoever we have out there on the field, they’re going to play. But [Mayo is] doing a great job. His role is just as big as it was in any other year. Mayo is a big part of this defense.”

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Jerod Mayo on OM&F: ‘When my number’s called I’ll be ready to go’ 09.25.15 at 1:53 pm ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Friday afternoon as the team prepares to host the Jaguars on Sunday. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Mayo, who has suffered major injuries that have cut short his last two seasons, played just 11 snaps in this past Sunday’s win over the Bills. He said he doesn’t know what to expect going forward, but he’ll be ready to contribute.

“Honestly, I’m just doing whatever the coaches need me to do,” he said. “Whether it’s just to help out the guys on the field or go in on different personnel groups. Whatever it is, when my number’s called I’ll be ready to go.”

The Jaguars come in at 1-1, following a win over the Dolphins, but there aren’t many who are giving this team a chance Sunday in Foxboro.

“If you just look at the personnel, they have a pretty good team, honestly,” Mayo said. “They have weapons at the tight end spot, a good running back in [T.J.] Yeldon. As a matter of fact, they have a group of good running backs. [Toby] Gerhart‘s probably going to play, he’s a big strong running back. A quarterback [Blake Bortles] that can move, he’s very mobile, can make throws not he run.

“Forget the record and forget all that. Jacksonville has a solid team. We have to go out there and put four quarters together.”

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Jerod Mayo on OM&F: ‘There was nothing illegal’ about Patriots’ defensive strategy on Steelers’ penalty 09.11.15 at 3:06 pm ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, during an appearance on Friday’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria midday show, touched on one of the controversies from Thursday night’s Patriots-Steelers game, in which Ben Roethlisberger complained about the New England defense shifting while Pittsburgh had a third-and-goal on the 1-yard line, leading to an illegal procedure penalty. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

“That’s something we go over all the time. There was nothing illegal about it,” Mayo said. “Obviously the referee called the flag on them, so it was a legal play.”

Roethlisberger said he thought there was a rule prohibiting a defense shifting during the quarterback’s cadence. “Maybe it’s an unwritten rule, I don’t really know,” the QB said after the game.

Mayo does not agree.

“The rule is you can’t mimic like an offensive cadence. That’s the rule,” Mayo said. “I just said, ‘€˜Move.’ All I said was, ‘€˜Move,’ and they moved. … If I were to have got up there and said, ‘€˜Blue 42,’ now that’s illegal.”

Although the Steelers were missing starting running back Le’Veon Bell they still were able to have success on the ground, as DeAngelo Williams picked 127 yards on 21 carries — just over six yards per attempt.

“They did a good job up front of kind of covering us up and things like that,” Mayo said. “Obviously we have a lot of things to fix. We have to get better each and every day. That’s the plan, that’s the game plan.”

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Jerod Mayo just taking it ‘one day at a time’ after 2 straight season-ending injuries 07.31.15 at 3:03 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo kept it short and sweet with the media on Friday. After enduring season-ending injuries in the midst of his last two seasons, he’d rather let his practice and playing time do the talking.

Mayo’s 75-second session with reporters after Day 2 of training camp began with an observation that he must be excited to speak publicly with many of the media on hand for the first time since a season-ending patellar injury to his right knee last Oct. 12 in Buffalo.

“So excited,” said with a wry smile.

In a bit of very encouraging news, Mayo, along with Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower progressed far enough in the offseason to avoid being place on the active physically unable to perform list. This is a major step forward after an offseason dedicated to recovery.

“Just rehabbing, staying around here and enjoying time with family and trying to get back to work,” Mayo said of his offseason. “Obviously, I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’m just trying to get better each and every day.”

In 2013, Mayo had his season end on Oct. 13 when he tore his pectoral muscle against the Saints in mid-season.

In the midst of his media scrum, Mayo was interrupted by teammate Devin McCourty. “Make way for some special guests,” McCourty said.

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Countdown to camp: Linebackers 07.28.15 at 12:00 pm ET
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How will Jerod Mayo bounce back this season? (Jerome Davis/Getty Images)

How will Jerod Mayo bounce back this season after being placed on season-ending injured reserve each of the last two seasons? (Jerome Davis/Getty Images)

As training camp approaches, we’€™ll offer a position-by-position breakdown of the 2015 Patriots. We started with the offensive side of the ball and now we’ve shifted to defense with the cornerbacks and safeties, now we take a look at the linebackers.

Depth chart (regular-season stats via Pro Football Reference): Jamie Collins (91 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions), Jerod Mayo (37 tackles, one sack), Dont’a Hightower (61 tackles, six sacks), Dane Fletcher (28 tackles), Darius Fleming (three tackles), Eric Martin (one tackle), Geneo Grissom (rookie), James Morris, Rufus Johnson, Jonathan Freeny (11 tackles, one sack.

THREE THINGS WE KNOW

1. One of the best young linebacker group in the league. Names such as Collins, Hightower and Mayo definitely are attention grabbers as the group has the potential to be one of the best linebacker cores in the entire NFL. Collins is entering his third season, Hightower his fourth and while Mayo is entering his eighth, he’s 29 years old and hasn’t played a full season since 2012. Provided the group stays healthy, which it has had trouble doing, there’s no doubt they will be considered one of the best in the league.

2. Jamie Collins is a freak. There isn’t a more athletic linebacker in the entire NFL. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, the Southern Mississippi product can do things not many can, both on the field and off. (Check out this video he posted to Instagram of him doing back flips this offseason.) He has the quickness of someone playing in the secondary, but the strength of a defensive lineman. At just 25 years old, Collins will be a special player to watch over the next several seasons.

3. More pressure on group this season. With the departures of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Kyle Arrington in the secondary, it seems like the Patriots will be putting more pressure on their front-seven than last year. Last season the secondary was able to take control of the opposition’s passing attack by shutting down wide receivers, but this year it might be a different story. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia may need to create some pressure on the quarterback with blitzing more than he’s done in the past and with the linebackers the Patriots have, it will be something to monitor.

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