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Defense looks improved The story of the day was the return of linebacker Brandon Spikes to team work. We got the first glimpse of what should be an impressive linebacking corps, as Spikes manned the middle flanked by Jerod Mayo and imposing rookie Dont'a Hightower. All three of these guys are big, physical and athletic playmakers. They were dominant during the team’s goal line work, which included multiple stops for the defense. Mayo stepped up with a physical tackle to prevent a would-be touchdown. Spikes blew through a block to blow up a run in the backfield. Hightower managed to deflect a Brady pass that would’ve been a sure touchdown. As a whole, the defense looked faster and more physical than last season’s much-maligned group. They were bristling with enthusiasm, flying to the ball and gang tackling. Barring any major injuries this should be a difficult team to run against.   Secondary Concerns The physical play of the front seven stood out yesterday, but the ter...
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