Found August 26, 2013 on NESN.com:
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FOXBORO, Mass. — Dont’a Hightower was already one of the most versatile players on the Patriots’ defense last season. This year, with added responsibility and a better understanding of the playbook, the second-year player is giving the New England defense even more flexibility. Hightower has lined up at strong-side linebacker and middle linebacker in the 4-3. He’s also played inside and outside in the 3-4. Early in training camp, the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder was even in on some one-on-one pass rushing drills. “That’s one thing I feel like that sets me apart from other guys,” Hightower said about his versatility. “Aside from being my size and me being able to move as well as I do, versatility — being able to play outside, playing the defensive end or playing the mike backer. Being able to cover some of the other guys I wouldn’t be expected to. I try to use all of that to my advantage.” Bill Belichick praised Hightower for his versatility during the head coach’s afternoon press conference
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