Jerod Mayo happy to be full participant

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has full clearance to participate in organized team activities as his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle on Oct. 13 has progressed nicely.

“Right now I’m doing everything,” Mayo said Monday during an appearance at the team’s Community MVP event in which owner Robert Kraft presented $200,000 to 26 different New England-based non-profit groups.

Mayo stopped by the event and posed for pictures with award recipients after the team’s seventh organized team activity. He left open the possibility that he could be limited in some form when pads come on, but seemed optimistic about his recovery.

“Right now it’s passing camp, there isn’t any banging or things like that, but right now I’m feeling good,” he said.

Mayo, whose role as the primary signal-caller on defense is vital to the team, as he is one of the few players in the front seven to seldom, if ever, come off the field. The Patriots struggled to fill his void last year when he went on season-ending injured reserve in mid-October.

One change for Mayo upon his return has been the presence of assistant coach Patrick Graham, who has returned to coach linebackers after spending the last two years with defensive linemen. Graham has been moved back to replace Pepper Johnson, who is now defensive line coach in Buffalo.

“All the coaches do a great job making sure we’re all prepared,” he said. “Most of the time we’re together anyway, as a group. We have a lot of good smart minds that are really coaching us up and getting us on the same page.”