Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Middays with MFB on Friday, following the team’s final preseason game of the season Thursday night. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The big news around the team this week was the trade of stalwart offensive lineman Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers.
“It’s always tough when you lose a brother like Logan, a guy who’s been here his entire career,” Mayo said. “At the end of the day, we still recognize that it’s a business, and decisions have to be made. Coach [Bill] Belichick obviously felt that was the best thing for this team for now and for the future.
“It’s tough. Anytime you go through multiple training camps, multiple seasons with a guy, it’s tough to lose a brother.”
Mayo communicated with Mankins after the trade.
“Obviously he was hurt a little bit,” Mayo said. “Like I said, we’re a family here. As his teammates we stick together through thick and thin. But he also recognizes that it’s a business. Sometimes moves have to be made, and we all have a time. NFL they always say stands for ‘Not For Long.’ We have to enjoy these moments that we have with each other, because you never know when it’s your last.”
The team must reduce the roster to 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday. Despite his status as one of the veteran leaders, Mayo said he still gets uncomfortable when a staff member walks through the locker room to contact players who will be cut.
“Honestly, and I know you guys will probably think I’m full of it, since my rookie year I’ve always had this: Anytime a guy goes around grabbing people, I never look him in his eye. Because you never know when your time’s up. You never know when your time’s up,” he said. “I just always keep my head down and go to work every day and try to go out there and do my job, man, and hopefully everything falls into place.”
Mayo did not see any preseason action, although he has been practicing with the team and looking forward to playing again soon.
“I’m very excited to get back out there on the field,” Mayo said. “Obviously I didn’t get a chance to play in any preseason games. It’s up to coach Belichick, whatever he wants do to. … I feel good, I feel good. The team, they’re looking good, It’s almost time when the games really count.”
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, whom Mayo said the team calls “Pancho,” got a chance to show what he can do in Thursday’s game against the Giants, and there have been calls for him to unseat Ryan Mallett as the No. 2 QB on the depth chart.
“Jimmy, he can make all the throws,” Mayo said. “He’s a very mobile guy. He hasn’t had a lot of scrambles, but he can move around in the pocket well, he’s very athletic, he’s young. And who better to learn from than Tom Brady. Tom is a Hall of Famer and someone that’s great to learn from. I think he’ll be pretty good.”
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