|Jerod Mayo has watched film of the painful Super Bowl loss, to learn from it as he would any other game. (File/Jim Davis/Globe Staff)|
Mayo already hard at work
Now he is joined by teammates
FOXBOROUGH - When the Patriots opened their offseason workout program Monday, Jerod Mayo suddenly had company in the weight room.
The linebacker and defensive captain had been working out largely by himself since last season ended, taking just a couple of weeks off to rest and recover from a long year that ended with a loss in Super Bowl XLVI.
“I love working out and just getting ready for the next season, especially ending a disappointing season like that in the Super Bowl,’’ he said Tuesday. “You always want to get back to work and try to get better for next year.’’
As fellow captain Matthew Slater noted last week, the start of the offseason workout program represents the start of a new year for the Patriots.
“I think so,’’ Mayo agreed. “Just getting the guys back together, seeing all the new faces, kind of seeing how the team is going to jell together, just building that camaraderie with these workouts.’’
He said several times that he is not taking attendance during the voluntary workouts, though he jokingly offered to do so for the next time he meets with reporters. Mayo said the team breaks players into groups for these workouts, and when all of the guys in your group are assembled, you get to work.
But he is learning the faces of new teammates, such as fellow linebacker Trevor Scott, whom he called a “good dude.’’
While other players can’t stomach watching a Super Bowl loss on film, Mayo said he has watched the 21-17 loss to the Giants a couple of times.
“Just to break down film like you do every other game, just to see where we went wrong,’’ Mayo said. “But at the same time, I’m past that, and working to get back to that point.
“It’s very draining at first, but at the same time, we know we have to get back to work. We have a young team, have a lot of faces back, and hopefully we have a good team.’’
Mayo is also saying goodbye to an old teammate. His friend Gary Guyton, who came to the Patriots as an undrafted rookie the same year Mayo was the 10th overall pick, recently signed with division rival Miami.
“It’s tough,’’ he said. “He’s been beside me for a long time now. You see us in the locker room always chopping it up. But he’s a good player and he’s moving onto another team. I hope he wins every game except [the ones against New England].’’
Mayo, who is heading into his fifth NFL season, has the chance to see himself on the big screen, as he and former Patriot Troy Brown had small parts in “The Three Stooges,’’ which was directed by Rhode Island natives Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
Asked about a potential future in Hollywood, Mayo said, “Right now, I’m focused on football. But if there are any roles out there, I’m willing to take them.
“I had a little role. It was fun. Good time. Those guys are great. Went out there and had a great time [filming] last year.’’
New Patriots Brandon Lloyd and Robert Gallery are among those who have begun participating in the workout program. Receiver Chad Ochocinco also has been on hand. Not surprisingly, neither Tom Brady nor Matt Light has shown up yet. Brady hasn’t been a regular participant in the offseason program in recent seasons, and signs point to Light opting to retire. Both have a financial incentive to take part, however. Brady’s contract includes a $258,120 workout bonus for taking part in a certain percentage of the workouts; Light’s deal includes a $100,000 workout bonus.