Entering his 15th season as the Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick has seen many players come and go. During the press conference today, Belichick had plenty of praise for his team and their effort thus far.
Jerod Mayo was placed on injured reserve, after tearing his pectoral muscle, on October 13 in a Patriots comeback win against the New Orleans Saints.
Mayo is back and healthy. He is a key cog in the Patriots defense. Linebackers don’t get the credit they deserve throughout the season, but today Belichick expressed his regard, for the sixth year man.
“I think he means a lot to our team.” said Belichick. “He’s, I’d say, really the guy that the team probably revolves around more than any other player. Not that there aren't other players that are instrumental in that but I think he touches pretty much everybody, not just the defensive players but all the guys; not just the older guys but the younger guys.” - via Patriots.com
This early in the year, everyone wants to know, how free agent acquisition, Darrelle Revis is fitting in.
“To this point, Darrelle is trying to learn a new defense, trying to acclimate himself to new teammates and communications and anticipations of formations and motions and patterns and things like that.” explained Belichick. “ I don’t want to say players aren’t aware of who is out there but I think at this point in time and even in the spring where you’re rolling through – whatever position you’re playing beside change and the guys you’re playing across from change, if not every play, every two, three, four plays.”
It’s early in training camp to truly get a feel for how Revis is going to make an impact. Tomorrow with the addition of pads at practice, we will start to see a more physical impact. It will give a better judgment of his role in the defense.
A big surprise yesterday was the play of second year, wide receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins. His hard work in the offseason is paying off. Belichick acknowledged the young players work ethic.
“Hard working kid; one of our hardest workers.” Said Belichick “He really tries hard to do everything right. Very attentive, very coachable and he’s very hard working.”