New England Patriots Links 8/18/09 - Jerod Mayo is The Man

DL Vince Wilfork (75) drinks water as temperatures climbed into the high 80s during practice. Photo courtesy of Steve Szydlowski

Mike Reiss notes Kevin Faulk is one of only three players on the roster who has been part of every Training Camp since Belichick was named coach in 2000.

Asked what has made this camp as hard as it has been, Faulk said, "It’s the demand of what [Belichick] wants. He’s striving for perfection, knowing that it’s probably not going to happen, but why not shoot for it?

"Everyone knows we have talent on this team. At the same time, you have to bring all that talent together, to make one big talent. That’s the team we’re striving for. I think we’re responding, but, at the same time, it ain’t over.’’

Karen Guregian points out Jerod Mayo as being the man in the middle, saying he could be even more of a monster on defense than last season.

"I came into the year expecting to have more on my plate as far as making the checks and making the calls," Mayo said. "Last year, we had (Mike) Vrabel, and Bruschi and Adalius (Thomase) and all those guys that were in the system for a long time make the calls, and I was just out there listening to what they had to say. This year, I kind of took it on my shoulders to help the younger guys and even some of the older guys. We’re all learning new things out there."

Christopher Price offers this tantalizing tidbit from yesterday afternoon's practice.

Toward the end of practice, the Patriots unveiled a new offensive wrinkle. We would love to reveal more, but rules (specifically, rule No. 1 in the "General Media Training Camp Policy" that states, "Please do not report on offensive or defensive strategy. This includes describing formations, personnel groups or non-conventional plays.") prevent us from saying any more. 

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