The NFL trade deadline was relatively quiet this year, but there was one move made that turned some heads. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded cornerback Aqib Tailb and a seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots for their fourth-round pick. This was yet another low-risk, high-reward transaction for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
A major point of weakness for the New England defense is its secondary and Talib is a major upgrade. The Pats new corner has not been able to play since Oct. 13, following a suspension for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Talib is slated to return for game action again on Nov. 5. Jerod Mayo believes his new teammate will be a major help in the secondary.
Jerod Mayo joined WEEI in Boston with The Big Show to discuss resting during the bye week, not knowing his new teammate Aqib Talib, being in the same draft class with Talib, believing Talib is a talented player regardless of his past and improving his communication skills.
How are you enjoying the bye week so far?
“I’m loving it. I’m loving it. Just hanging around and trying to let my legs rest. I’m still here in New England. I am just enjoying the down time.”
How about your new teammate Aqib Talib?
“I have a new teammate? You know I don’t pay attention to the media. Did I get traded? [Laughs]”
You are familiar with Aqib Talib, right?
“Oh yeah. I know who you are talking about.”
How does this defense deal with a player like Aqib Talib coming in with a past history and make it work? How is it handled internally?
“Well to be honest with you, I’m not familiar with his history or anything like that. Guys come in with issues all the time. I had issues. Who doesn’t have issues? But he’s a talented player and Coach thinks he can help us out. I’m sure he will.”
What are you looking to improve on this season?
“Just continuing to grow as far as my communication and making sure everyone is on the same page. Just going out there and making the checks, understanding the game plan, understand how they’re attacking us and making sideline adjustments. That’s the main thing I need to get better at.”