These New England Patriots have faced their fair share of adversity this season.
Losing Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo to season-ending injuries earlier in the year, the Patriots suffered another blow this past Sunday when Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee putting an end to his season.
Devin McCourty and Mayo joined Tom E. Curran on Quick Slants to discuss the impact Gronkowski’s injury will have on the rest of the team.
“I think as a team we know everybody has to step up,” McCourty said. “It’s not going to be one guy. As a team we have to do a little bit more now.”
Despite the injuries to Wilfork, Mayo and now Gronkowski, they can still provide to the team even though they are not out on the field.
“Those guys are around all the time,” McCourty said. “Just having them around completes our team. Like he said we build something from training camp and you know all the pieces that are in there to the puzzle it all fits the right way and it works. When they’re around even though they’re not on the field, just them talking and keeping everybody upbeat and guys like him [Mayo] and Vince who know so much football is great for the younger guys and for myself.”
With just three games left in the season, the Patriots are still vying for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
“Your chances of winning a championship always go up when you can play in front of your home crowd,” Mayo said. “We have great fans. We love getting guys up here in the cold weather. We love playing on our own field. We know where the clocks are. We are very comfortable here. It always increases your chance to win the game.”