Jerod Mayo getting rave reviews from players in first training camp as coach

Ryan Hannable
July 25, 2019 - 7:27 pm

FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo received nothing but praise from members of the Patriots when they were asked about him this spring as a positional coach, and it's continued into the summer, as Mayo was once again a topic following the first day of training camp.

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"He's really the same. He was a coach on the field and even more now," Dont'a Hightower said. "It's great to have him leading the meetings and being able to talk. You know, some coaches, it's easy for them to say "X's and O's" but they don't really understand what you actually see. With him, he has a different perspective and he's able to give us a lot of knowledge."

Kyle Van Noy added: "Mayo is very smart, really good coach, great at communication, and that will help us during the season."

Mayo, who is officially the inside linebackers coach, called the plays into the defense on the headsets like in the spring. He reportedly will not be the de facto defensive coordinator, like Brian Flores last year, but we aren't totally closing the door on that and it will be worth monitoring in the preseason games.

The linebackers group is one of the deepest on the roster with the entire group returning and then adding Ja'Whaun Bentley (spent most of last year on IR), Christian Sam (spent last year on IR) and Jamie Collins.

"Everybody in that linebacker room is a big communicator, from me to Jamie to Kyle [Van Noy] to [Christian] Sam to Bentley to Calvin Munson to Brandon King," said Hightower. "Everybody's able to communicate and talk. I think that's a big thing  especially being a linebacker you've got to be able to communicate and Bentley’s definitely one of the guys who loves to watch film and is always doing extra stuff, so I think he's doing exactly what he did last year."

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