In our ongoing attempts to get to know the new players on the Raiders organization, we spoke to newly signed WR Thomas Mayo. Mayo comes from California University of Pennsylvania. He is listed at just under 6'2" and 200 lbs. In 2011, as a senior, he accumulated 79 total receptions for 1359 yards and 16 TDs with an average of 104.5 yards per game which are impressive statistics.
You can follow him on Twitter @ThomasMayo1
Q: What is your home town/state?
Mayo: Reston, Va
Q: Did you root for a particular NFL team growing up? Who? Why?
Mayo: Yes, growing up I was always a die heart Dallas Cowboy fan mainly because how well they played together as a unit.
Q: Did you have an idol growing up? Who?
Mayo: Michael Irvin was the guy I looked up to. The way he attacked the game and continued to last throughout all the adversity stood out to me the most. His passion for the game was immeasurable.
Q: What are your strengths as a player? What do you bring to the team?
Mayo: My strengths as a player are that I bring versatility to the team. I can be a deep threat factor as well as make plays underneath. I am big and very physical, and I take a lot of pride in my blocking ability. Last but not least my ability to catch passes in traffic.
Q: Why did you choose the Raiders as a free agent?
Mayo: For me, I felt like the Oakland raiders were the best fit for my situation. I want to come in and make an impact early . I am someone who is trying to come out and prove my worth and show people what I can do and with the current receiver core I feel I would be a great addition.
Q: Do you know anyone currently on the squad or coaching staff? What did they tell you about the team?
Mayo: I don't know anyone personally, but I have to talked to a few coaches and they expect me to come ready to go.
Q: Did you have any visits with the Raiders – in Alameda, at a pro day, at the Combine or Senior Bowl? What was it like?
Mayo: I spoke with the Raiders at my pro day. I felt comfortable with the scout and he seemed like he was very interested in my play.
Q: What hobbies do you have away from football?
Mayo: I love to work out. I love being in the gym and getting better is what makes me happy.
Q: If you're a gamer, what system and what is your ID so Raider Nation can play against you?
Mayo: I prefer xbox but I can do it all. Haha Madden and 2k I can do all day. Im getting better in fifa as we speak.
Q: Which NFL player do you compare your skill set with?
Mayo: Dez Bryant mixed with a bit of Anquan Boldin. Dez Bryant is explosive and has big play ability. Boldin and I share the strong and physical aspect of the game.
Q: Is there anything you'd like Raider Nation to know about you?
Mayo: I am a fun, humble guy. I am positive guy who loves to win.
Q: Is there anything you'd like to say to Raider Nation?
Mayo: I am excited to be a part of this organization and I can't wait to contribute to a Super Bowl!