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Pats lockout workouts exceeded Mayo’s expectations

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Last week, the Patriots gathered for several days of lockout workouts, at the behest of quarterback Tom Brady.  At a time when the value of these sessions is being questioned in some circles, New England’s defensive leader approved of the practices — and then some.

“It’s been good,” linebacker Jerod Mayo told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.  “Great getting all the guys back in town and things like that.  So, it’s been good.”

It was more than camaraderie and nostalgia.

“[W]e did [get good football-specific work],” Mayo said.  “It kinda exceeded my expectations.  Guys were out there competing and did a good job.”

It remains to be seen when the Patriots will get together again for additional work stoppage work.  It also remains to be seen whether the Patriots really need much work along these lines, given that they have a veteran team with a stable coaching staff and plenty of solid on-field leadership.  Indeed, the fact that they were able to so quickly pull it together and perform at a level that impressed Mayo suggests that, even without any lockout workouts, they’ll be able to pick up where they left off in 2010.

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17 Responses to “Pats lockout workouts exceeded Mayo’s expectations”
  1. deanvernonwormer says: Jun 5, 2011 12:44 PM

    I don’t think the Pats can beat the Jets on a regular basis anymore.

  2. cylondetector says: Jun 5, 2011 1:06 PM

    The Patriots might have some excellent leadership but they are still very young and raw – especially on the defensive side of the ball.

    This isn’t 2004 where there was veteran leadership at pretty much every position.

    The Patriots aren’t a veteran team – just the opposite.

  3. ravenator says: Jun 5, 2011 1:17 PM

    It should not have exceeded your expectations if you were prepared Mayo. Call me crazy but it sounds like you aren’t in football shape to me.

  4. duanethomas says: Jun 5, 2011 1:20 PM

    This should show the pro owner shills on here that the players want to play.

    To put themselves a risk for injury and still working out with no pay is commendable.

    The owners better keep the concessions coming.

    Remember. No fair CBA. No football in 2011.

    Am I first?….

  5. kellyb9 says: Jun 5, 2011 1:24 PM

    @cylondetector – I think its funny the same people who were complaining about the Pats being too old on defense are now saying that they are too young. I’m sick of hoping they model the team so that the talking heads are happy… because they never will be. I just want this team to stay competitive from a year to year basis.

  6. favrelous says: Jun 5, 2011 1:36 PM

    I yhink ita dumb for lauers to do this. The players have too much risk of injury without pay or medical care.

  7. hobartbaker says: Jun 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    The extra ingredient that made it special was a dab of Mayo.

  8. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 5, 2011 2:24 PM

    The Pat’s maybe young but they win games!

  9. ampats says: Jun 5, 2011 2:38 PM

    The Patriots look in great shape for post lockout 2011, hopefully soon.

  10. kindbass says: Jun 5, 2011 2:46 PM

    ravenator says:
    Jun 5, 2011 1:17 PM
    It should not have exceeded your expectations if you were prepared Mayo. Call me crazy but it sounds like you aren’t in football shape to me.
    ——————————————————–
    Says the fan of the team that drafted Terrence Cody.

  11. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 5, 2011 2:47 PM

    Difference between the Pats and a few other teams is that they’re getting younger at key position with good veteran leadership to help them learn. Add in the fact that they won 14 games last year.

    This team maybe young but they know how to win. Other teams get younger and start losing and ruin some of their younger players because they don’t know what it takes to win.

    The Pats are going to be relevant for a loooong time so get used to saying their names when it comes to championship contenders.

    Also, people tend to forget they haven’t gone through free agency yet. They could still add some key weapons that can scare some people.

  12. piratefreedom says: Jun 5, 2011 4:03 PM

    The Pats didn’t have the defense of a legit 14-2 team last year.

    They may win fewer games (14 is a lot) this year but I think they will be a better defense and if , god willing, Brady stays healthy they will be a much more dangerous team.

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jun 5, 2011 5:34 PM

    ” It also remains to be seen whether the Patriots really need much work along these lines, given that they have a veteran team with a stable coaching staff and plenty of solid on-field leadership.”

    HUH? They are preparing as if they will miss time. With your logic what team needs training camp? They are preparing and getting on the same page so if there is a shortened camp they will have already gotten on the same page and can hit the ground running. I just can’t believe PFT would take that stance.

  14. TheWizard says: Jun 5, 2011 6:01 PM

    The Pats didn’t have the defense of a legit 14-2 team last year.

    You are what your record says you are.

    14 win defense.

  15. seals1 says: Jun 5, 2011 6:38 PM

    it must be nice to have leaders on your team. As a Vikings fan I would love to see a player actually take charge and show a desire to get better and get a full group together. Some teams win championships and some teams sit on the sidelines.

    Brady is no joke, number 2 behind Manning the way I see it.

  16. rc33 says: Jun 6, 2011 9:27 AM

    There wasn’t a person in the league, who follows the league or lives on planet Earth that picked NE to win 14 games last season.
    They absolutely overachieved last season, in light of their youth and an especially difficult schedule (the only team to beat all 4 Conference Championship game particpants).

    Their defense that ranked dead last defending the pass. After Ty Warren and Leigh Bodden went down for the year you knew defense was gonna be a problem and it was. But they did improve as the season went on, getting lots of 1st and 2nd year guys valuable PT. Lots of young players for Belichick to work with; these guys won’t be going away anytime soon.

  17. CKL says: Jun 6, 2011 12:39 PM

    @duanethomas. I do think most players want to play. I just don’t agree with you that “we just want to play” means to most of them what it means to De Smith (which is ” let’s keep litigating”).
    Think about it, if you are able to do what you love for a living how normal would it be to care much about the future of your company 10 years form now (especially if the career you love cannot be feasible for you once you reach 40) rather than just wanting to get back to work doing what you love? NFL players are people too..they are only human..why should they care about the future or past of their industry except as it pertains to their own situation? The new CBA needs to balance out what is fair to them and also what is good for the survival of the sport.

    As a Pats fan I am much happier watching a young, talented defense make mistakes and suck on 3rd down and in the RZ as they have since 05-present because they are too young than make mistakes and suck because they are too old and slow and made up of pieces parts which is what we as fans were dealing with from about 05-08.

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