Mayo says guidance of veterans was indispensable


Mayo says guidance of veterans was indispensable

By TomE. Curran

FOXBORO - It will be fascinating to look back in a few years at the fortunes of the 2011 NFL Draft Class. They are all born under a bad sign. With a lockout marring their transition to the league and keeping them from getting the instruction and orientation, it won't be a surprise if the washout rate is high. How vital is the mentoring and structure a rookie gets? Jerod Mayo's been in the NFL for three seasons. He's been a Defensive Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro. Earlier this week at a predraft gathering at Skipjack's Patriot Place, Mayo explained the importance of having a full offseason after he was drafted. "I was fortunate to have that offseason with guys likeTedy Bruschiand Mike Vrabel," said Mayo. "I wouldnt trade that experience for the world. Those guys really took me under their wing and I became a sponge to learn as much as I could. It's helpful to have guys there who know the system and know how to be a professional (that can pass that knowledge on)."Mayo, talking to Mike Reiss at, made an interesting comment about preparing during this work stoppage saying that, "each team against the lockout" is trying to ready itself despite not being able to use facilities. When I asked Mayo how he'd work with the incoming Patriots rookies - whoever they are - Mayo said, "Hopefully he's already working and he'll come into the league ready to go."You can catch moreMayo and a talkwithfellow Patriots Patrick Chung and Dane Fletcher on the QuickSlants Predraft Special airing Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Sportsnet New England.
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Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons


Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . . 

-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.


-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.

-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games. 

-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.