Patriots honor Jerod Mayo by switching rookie Elandon Roberts' jersey number from 51 to 52

Jerod Mayo retired earlier this offseason and proudly the number 51 on the back of his jersey for all eight of his seasons in New England.

Mayo, when healthy, was one of the Patriots' premiere players at the linebacker position and he will not soon be forgotten. The Pats honored Mayo by switching rookie linebacker Elandon Roberts' jersey number from 51 to 52.

Is it a sign that the Patriots may one day retire Mayo's number? Possibly.

When he got the news, Mayo posted a picture of Mike Reiss's article on Instagram with a message attached to it.

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