Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/31/13
New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes absence from OTAs was viewed as a strategy for a new contract, but that’s not the case. Spikes is working with his own trainer, focusing on his speed and ability to become a three down linebacker. Widely thought of a run stuffing machine, Spikes has set out to prove he’s more than just a one trick pony that he can stay on the field and cover. According to Spikes’ trainer Pete Bommarito, he is trying to shed the label in hopes of landing a contract that reflects well rounded linebacker. Coming out of college Spikes 40 times was over 5.00 mark and that is offensive and defensive linemen numbers, not elite linebackers so working on his athleticism and speed will go a long way to improve his overall game. It’s basically strength and conditioning work,” Bommarito said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. “Just speed work, conditioning, that kind of stuff that we know he responds to. Just trying to basically build and work on overall athleticism. With him, it’s not really anything that’s truly position-specific or sport-specific. The majority of it is just speed, overall joint alignment, making sure he’s as healthy as possible, as lean as possible and as strong as possible. "I'd say at this stage in the offseason, he's where he needs to be. It's not necessarily rehabilitation, it's recovery from the season, making sure his joints are aligned properly; it's an ongoing process that will end right before training camp. Think of us being halfway through the offseason, he's right where he wants to be."    
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