- Mike Rodak, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- It's hardly been a quiet offseason for the New England Patriots. From the arrival of Tim Tebow to the departure of Wes Welker, the team has attracted national attention since falling short of a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in January.
So while Rob Gronkowski's offseason surgeries have grabbed headlines, and cameras are still pointed at Aaron Hernandez's home in the midst of a murder investigation, other Patriots are still preparing for the upcoming season, out of the spotlight.
"We always talk about ignoring the noise, and we're doing the same now," linebacker Jerod Mayo told ESPNBoston.com on Sunday. "Whether it's good or bad, we always talk about ignoring the noise."
When asked how he believes his teammates will respond to Hernandez's legal situation, Mayo declined comment.
"I'm going to leave that one alone until everything's done or whatever," he said.
With training camp just over a month away, Mayo was at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Sunday for the 7 News/Boston Medical Center Health and Fitness Expo.
"We're really trying to bring awareness to teenagers and to young adults to go out there and get their annual physicals," Mayo said, speaking on behalf of BMC HealthNet Plan. "It's easy. Early notice is always better."
During a question-and-answer session with those attending the expo, Mayo spoke about the impact of team nutritionist Ted Harper, who joined the Patriots last offseason.
"Just the overall nutritional breakdown. The body compositions that we do, the customized meal plans that we have," Mayo said. "It's things like that, and he's been good for us."