The Patriots had three players -- Tom Brady, Logan Mankins and Jerod Mayo -- named first-team All-Pros on Monday. They had three others named second-teamers.
Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, rookie cornerback Devin McCourty and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer were named second-team All-Pros.
Wilfork was a force all over the defensive line this year for the Patriots. CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran voted Wilfork as a first-teamer.
In his first season, McCourty started every game, had 69 tackles and intercepted seven passes. He was also named to the Pro-Bowl as a reserve.
Vollmer, a second-year pro, was solid at right tackle across from left tackle Matt Light. With Light up for free-agency, there has been talk that Vollmer could take over at left tackle to protect Brady's blind side some time in the near future.
Jerod Mayo looks at the looming quarterback situation for the Patriots and can’t help thinking back to his rookie season.
The former Patriots linebacker who graduated (ahem) to co-hosting “Quick Slants” with me on Monday nights, was asked how drastic the impact of Brady’s four-game suspension will be.
“I still remember 2008, my rookie year, in the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs and Tom tears his ACL,” said Mayo. “Matt Cassel, at the same point, had zero starts just like Jimmy Garoppolo and we won 11 games. I know we missed the playoffs, but we still won 11 games and that’s something.”
Asked what the message Bill Belichick gave the team in the wake of Brady’s injury and what Mayo anticipates the message being now, Mayo answered, “Honestly, it’s so cliché but it’s that ‘next man up’ mentality and the depth of the team that Bill Belichick builds, you just can’t top it.”
Later in the show, Mayo indicated he wouldn’t be surprised if the team did add a little more quarterback depth in camp. In 2015, the team brought on both Ryan Lindley and Matt Flynn as a cushion behind Brady and Garoppolo.
Tom Brady is supposed to have no contact with the Patriots regarding football during his four-game suspension. Will the NFL make sure that doesn’t happen? How can they?
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald discussed it with Toucher and Rich.
Michael Hurley discusses the NFL's investigation into Peyton Manning's alleged PED use with Toucher and Rich. Hurley wonders why their was such a rush to clear a retired player and continue the probe into still-active players.