The Patriots opened their offseason workout program on Monday, but about the only thing that's changed for Jerod Mayo is he has company now.
The linebacker and defensive captain has been working out 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. You always want to get back to work and try to get better for next year," Mayo said today.
He said several times that he isn't taking attendance on who is and isn't showing up, adding that the team breaks players into groups, and when all the guys in your group are assembled, you get to work.
But he is learning the faces of new teammates, like fellow linebacker Trevor Scott.
While other players can't stomach watching a Super Bowl loss on film, Mayo said he has a couple of times. When asked why, his response made it seem like a foregone conclusion - that he'd watch that game just like he'd watch any other one he's played in.
"Just to break down film like you do every other game, just to see where we went wrong. But at the same time, I'm past that, and just working to get back to that point next year," he said.
Of the loss to the Giants, Mayo said, "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."
Heading into his fifth NFL season, Mayo has gotten a chance to see himself on the big screen - he and former Patriot Troy Brown had small parts in "The Three Stooges" film, which opened last Friday.
As for a future in Hollywood, "right now I'm focused on football. But if there are any roles out there - I'm willing to take them," Mayo said with a grin. "I had a little role. It was fun. Good time. Those guys are great. Went out there and had a great time last year and came it came out Friday."