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Patriots' Mayo: Maye 'has a lot to work on'

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New England Patriots coach Jerod Mayo knows Drake Maye is a work in progress but is confident the rookie quarterback will do everything he can to get up to speed.

"He has a lot to work on, but I have no doubt that he'll put the time in," Mayo said Saturday, according to team reporter Tamara Brown.

"He was here all night trying to get on the same page as everyone else."

Maye took part in the opening day of the Patriots' minicamp Saturday alongside his fellow first-year players.

The No. 3 overall pick was criticized during the pre-draft process for his inconsistent footwork in college, which occasionally led to erratic play. Improving his mechanics will be a focal point of Maye's offseason work with offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.

"It's been good. Kind of the first day, feeling it out and just getting more and more reps," Maye said, according to Mark Daniels of Mass Live. "That's all something new takes - getting more reps at it.

"There are some perks to the quick game, it's a lot quicker. Under center stance - I'm trying out two new stances that I'm getting used to. Just working it, repping it, and I felt pretty good here today. I just have to keep working."

Maye is expected to compete with free-agent addition Jacoby Brissett, who returned for a second stint in New England after initially being drafted by the club in 2016.

Brissett boasts 48 career starts with four teams, giving the Pats a veteran option under center if the inexperienced Maye isn't ready to start Day 1. The rookie passer turns 22 years old in August, and he only started two seasons at North Carolina before heading to the pros.

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