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Jerod Mayo Transcript: "We're taking it one day at a time"

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo addresses the media following Day 1 of Training Camp at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Q: How was your time off and how did you spend it?

JM: It was good, I just chilled with the family, my wife is seven months pregnant now.

Q: What is the mood on the first day of how things have been going?

JM: Obviously, nothing has changed. We are trying to take it one day at a time and get better. We have some good players but at the same time we haven't made any plays together as a group. So we are trying to build camaraderie during camp and the team will improve.

Q: How has the addition of both Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis changed what you guys can do defensively?

JM: Honestly, it has been one day of practice out here. We have a lot of different schemes and plays to put in so ask me that in a couple of weeks and I'll let you know.


Q: What are your impressions of James Anderson and just getting to know him personally as well, what does he bring to this team? **

JM: He's a cool guy; obviously he's a veteran and has played a lot of football in this league so I can learn a lot from him. He comes to work every day and studies well in the classroom.

Q: What's it like to have the addition of Revis and Browner and guys like that playing now?

JM: We really don't know yet, we've had one practice and it's early in the process. We are continuing to try to build the camaraderie on our defense, build the cohesiveness and put it all together.

Q: How tough is it to get that cohesiveness with so many injuries last year and now all of sudden everyone is back together and there are a lot of new faces?

JM: Every year is a different team, so you have to do that every training camp. Obviously we had a lot of injuries last year but it's all about this year and the guys that we have now. It's no different than any other year.

Q: What are some of the differences coming in as a rookie and coming in as a veteran to training camp?

JM: It's been a long time since I've been a rookie. It's not really that big of a difference. Obviously, it's a little bit of a shock but at the same time everyone is out here fighting for a job. It doesn't matter if this is your 10th year or your first year; we are all out here competing against each other trying to get better.

Q: What are your feelings about the first day out with everybody else in this setting?

JM: It's always good to get back outside and play football. This is the game that we love to play. I love going out here with the guys and trying to get better each and every day. It's a good feeling.

Q: Do you have any anticipations or expectations for the defense with the new guys coming back and the new signings?

JM: At this point we've only had one day of practice so we really don't know what we're capable of. We are taking it one day at a time and continuing to work towards our goal.

Q: How has Revis fit into the locker room so far?

JM: He's good; he comes to work every day just like everyone else. He brings his hard hat in the classroom and on the field so it's been good.

Q: Brandon Spikes in Buffalo has been saying some things in the offseason. Do you guys talk to him playfully in text messages?

JM: I still talk to him but at this time I can only care about the guys that are here right now. He's obviously not here with us now, so ask me about any of the guys here that are on this team.

Q: How was it to watch the defense when you were out?

JM: It was tough to watch the games but at the same time I was pulling for those guys every week. I'm excited about being back out here now and I'm just happy to be here.

Q: Does this feel like an extension of minicamp at this point before Saturday when you put on the pads?

JM: Definitely. You can only do so much out here with no pads on. Saturday will be a good day but obviously we have some work to do tomorrow putting some plays in. Saturday will be fun.

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