Mayo, Wilfork key to Patriots defense

Mayo, Wilfork key to Patriots defense
July 4, 2014, 10:15 pm
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"Personally, I developed a new appreciation for Jerod Mayo. Perhaps I didn’t appreciate what he did. [Absence] makes the heart grow fonder because we missed him last year.” - Gary Tanguay

Ron Borges and Lou Merloni join Gary Tanguay on Arbella Early Edition to discuss the impact a healthy Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork will have on the defensive unit.

Mayo and Wilfork played a combined 10 games in 2013, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the Patriots defense. 

"Personally, I developed a new appreciation for Jerod Mayo," says Tanguay. "Perhaps I didn’t appreciate what he did. [Absence] makes the heart grow fonder because we missed him last year.”  

Mayo and Wilfork will return to a revamped and vastly improved Patriots defense in 2014. With the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the Patriots have size and talent in the secondary. Add a healthy Mayo and Wilfork to the mix, and the Patriots appear to have the potential for their most formidable defense in years. 

For the first time in a while, the Patriots appear to have more questions on offense than defense. 

"This is the worst offense going into a season since Reche Caldwell had the Elvis on the helmet,” says Tanguay.

Borges and Merloni disagree. The young receivers who were forced to play over their heads in 2013 now have a year of valuable experience that will only help them in 2014. 

A receiving corp with more experience, coupled with the return of a healthy Mayo and Wilfork could mean big improvements for the 2014 Patriots.