Jerod Mayo feels like a kid before Christmas

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Jerod Mayo was the Patriots’ first-round draft pick three months after they lost Super Bowl XLII to the Giants, so the Super Bowl experience is new to him. And like a lot of us, Mayo is getting anxious for the game to get here already.

“It’s like counting down days before Christmas,” Mayo said. “Guys are very excited and anxious to get on the field.”

Other than the media responsibilities, however, Mayo said he’s been surprised by how normal this week is.

“I think the coaches have done an excellent job making it feel like home and making everything the same except for things like this, obviously,” Mayo said at the team’s meeting with the press Wednesday morning. “Meeting rooms are the same. Meeting times are the same. [Bill Belichick is] still getting on us about little things, and that’s the way we like it.”