Three questions with Carolina Panthers linebacker David Mayo:
Q. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned from year 1 going into year 2?
A. A lot of things. There’s a lot of stuff to work on. My progression has really been my knowledge of the defense that we run and just the ins and outs. All the checks, why we do things. Coming into this year I really understand a lot more of the defense.
Q. How much do young players learn from the first exhibition game?
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A. It’s different when you’re playing a live game. You actually get to follow through (with) tackling and all that stuff. And you understand why we do certain things as far as technique work, as well as our scheme. If they beat us on a play and we didn’t do it right, we understand that’s why we have to do it this way. For sure this week is going to be critical for us.
Q. What are some of the takeaways from the Baltimore game?
A. As a defense we were spotty. We had some times when we were playing really well and we were executing really well. And then times where we just kind of fell off and we weren’t executing as we should. It was just kind of up and down. So we’ve just got to clean some things up this week and hopefully we make some big progress for next game.