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New England Patriots Links 8/16/11 - Belichick Puts Mayo on Everything

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Ian Rapoport notes Belichick has had Jerod Mayo lined up at OLB recently at camp, off the line of scrimmage next to Brandon Spikes.

"Coach Belichick puts me everywhere," Mayo said. "Whatever he asks me to do, I’m willing to do. I feel like I can do a lot of things. Hopefully it works out. We have a lot of different things that we’re trying out. After preseason, we’ll see what happens."

"I’m willing to do anything — cover, blitz, whatever the team needs me to do," Mayo said. "I just love winning, man."

"To be honest, I feel pretty comfortable in any scheme, no matter what it is.  Whatever coach throws out there, I’m willing to do."

Paul Perillo tells us who's hot and who's not from Monday's camp.

Who's hot: Sergio Brown – The backup safety and special teamer stepped into the limelight on Monday, working alongside Patrick Chung with the first defense. Brown, who made the roster a year ago as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame, adds a little size to the back end of the defense at 6-2, 210. With the team reportedly working out veteran safeties perhaps Brown has a chance for a bigger role in 2011.

Who's not: Two-minute offense – Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer each had a chance to put points on the board and neither really came close. Both drills were filled with sacks and incompletitions. The few passes that connected usually were short dumpoffs to backs that resulted in small gains. The offense still needs some work.

Mark Farinella reports Wes Welker feels better than he has in years and still in his prime.

 "This is the best I've felt in my career, I feel like," Welker said, "and just my knowledge of the game and being able to be healthy has really helped, and hopefully I'll keep on improving and I'll keep on getting better as the year goes on."

"I feel great," he continued. "I feel like I've gained a step from two years ago. This is the best I've felt in a long time. The main thing is getting off the ball, and I think that's something I lacked a little bit before. But you know what? That was last year and I'm looking forward to this year and being healthy, and going out there and helping the team win."

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