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Dont'a Hightower to be recognized by hometown, referenced in 'Orange Is the New Black'

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower has been in the spotlight ever since his time at the University of Alabama. The former first round pick has also been a key part of the Pats defense since being drafted in 2012 and after making some key plays during the Patriots Super Bowl run, he is being recognized by the masses. On July 4th, Hightower will be recognized by his...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots bring back LB Brandon Spikes

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots have re-signed free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes to a one-year deal on Monday, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates. From @AdamSchefter & me: the Patriots have signed free agent LB Brandon Spikes to a 1-year deal. Spikes spent the 2014 season Buffalo. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 18, 2015 ...
Via Sports-Glory
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Pick Up DE Chandler Jones’ Fifth-Year Option

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com reports that the Patriots have exercised DE Chandler Jones‘ fifth-year option. The Patriots picked up LB Donta Hightower’s on option on Wednesday, so this really shouldn’t come as a major surprise. This move will cost the Patriots’ $7.799 million for the 2016 season. However, this figure is guaranteed for injury only and wouldn’t ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Reloading The Musket - Part 5: Patriots Boast Best Linebacking Corps In NFL, Though Depth Is Lacking

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) and defensive end/outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich are tough run stoppersThe New England Patriots possess what may well be the best set of starting linebackers in the National Football League......which is all well and good, so long as one of them doesn't get injured, because their depth may very well be the most pedestrian list in the entire league...
Via Foxborough Free Press
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Draft Prospects: Denzel Perryman

Over the past couple of weeks it seems that the linebacker position has become a significant need for the Patriots currently. The team hosted then free agent linebacker Rolando McClain for a visit last week, due to the news that Dont'a Hightower may not be ready to start the season. With McClain back in Dallas, and Hightower recovering from surgery the Patriots linebacker spot is...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich: ‘It’s time to hit the reset button’

New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said winning the Super Bowl “was awesome,” but now it’s time to focus on 2015. Ninkovich spoke with Phil Perry of CSNNE.com on what it’s like to go through an offseason as a defending champion. “I’ve always been really close, but it’s awesome to have been able to do that,” he said. “Now it’s time to hit the...
Via Sports-Glory
April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Rolando McClain visiting Patriots

Dallas Cowboys free agent linebacker Rolando McClain is visiting the New England Patriots on Monday, reports ESPN’s Todd Archer. The Cowboys have been in contact with McClain’s agent, Pat Dye, about having him return but have not been able to close a deal.  McClain McClain faces a four-game fine for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The Cowboys acquired McClain...
Via Sports-Glory
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots LB Hightower expected to miss six to seven months

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is expected to be out six to seven after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, the Boston Globe reported Friday. Hightower, who played through the injury during New England's 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, had surgery Feb. 10. Hightower made the game-saving tackle on Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch...
Via Fox Sports
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dont’a Hightower out 6-7 months after surgery

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday. Hightower, who underwent surgery on Feb. 10, played through the injury for the final stretch of the Patriots season.  He missed Week 5 and 6 due to a knee injury...
Via Sports-Glory
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Patriots bring Brandon Spikes back?

Brandon Spikes is a free agent after completing his one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the New England Patriots after they selected him in the second-round of the 2010 draft.  Before departing last offseason, Spikes took a few shots at the Patriots, even saying he was a slave for four years. Now that he’s a free agent,...
Via Sports-Glory
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dont'a Hightower expected to miss 6-7 months

Dont’a Hightower helped the New England Patriots win a Super Bowl title, but he might not be on the field when they begin their quest to defend it.   The Patriots linebacker is expected to miss six to seven months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum, a source told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe. Of course, half a year is a long period of time, so it’s entirely...
Via NESN.com
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower Needs Surgery To Repair Torn Labrum

It appears Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas weren’t the only players battling serious arm injuries in Super Bowl XLIX. New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday, citing a source. With the Super Bowl over, the plan is for #Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower...
Via NESN.com
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

14 Damned good SEC head coach pitches before National Signing Day

Dear SEC head coaches, We know here at the SEC Football Blog that it's a busy time for you, so we've put together some easy pitches that you should make when the recruits visit on the last weekend before National Signing Day. ALABAMA (Nick Saban) On Sunday you'll be watching the Super Bowl, and you'll be watching Dont'a Hightower, playing for the Patriots. I recruited him. He played...
Via SEC Football Blog
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Prelude To A Title - Part 3: Colts' Offense Custom-Built To Challenge Patriots' Defense

The best way to get to Colts' Andrew Luck is with "Hug" Blitzes, with Linebackers like Dont'a Hightower.The evolution of the tight end from the big lumbering end-of-the-line blocker into the even bigger, more athletic downfield threat has changed the way that defenses regard the position, and to what extent defensive coordinators game plan for specific threats.Today's tight ends...
Via Foxborough Free Press
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Regular Season Awards

Seeing how Patriots fans are on a bye week, I figured it is time to reflect on the regular season as we anxiously await to find out the opponent for the team's upcoming playoff game next weekend. That is why I decided to hand out my regular season awards. So without further a due, here are my Patriots regular season awards, both good and bad.Offensive Player of the year: Rob GronkowskiThis...
Via Pro Football Spot
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pats' Hightower rooting for 2 top-seeded teams

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Dont'a Hightower has extra time to prepare for his top-seeded team's playoff game. Meanwhile, he'll be rooting for another No. 1 seed. The New England Patriots linebacker plans to watch his college team, Alabama, face Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night. ''I'm definitely going to catch that one,'' Hightower said Tuesday while...
Via AP on Fox
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots vs. Jets Week 16 Recap: Studs, Duds & What We Learned

Once again (for the second time this season), the Patriots-Jets game was much closer than it should've been, particularly when taking into account both teams' records. Nevertheless, the Patriots were able to pull off a 17-16 victory on the road and secure a first-round bye for the fifth consecutive season. Here are some of the studs and duds from Sunday's game:  STUDS 1. Jamie...
Via Football Nation
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

What Was Your Biggest Take Away from Sunday’s Game?

Raj: My biggest take away from last Sunday’s game is that the New England defense is for real and can be relied upon. Most of the years after the Patriots last won a Super Bowl, they were still a solid team offensively, but the defense was less than stellar. But because the Patriots have Brady, the team still found ways to win games. Now? The Patriots have a defense. If the offense...
Via Foxboro Blog
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Hightower ready for toe-to-toe with ex-mate Richardson

BY DAN BEGNOCHEComing from a powerhouse collegiate program such as the University of Alabama, New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower has a lot of ex-teammates that are currently on the opposing sideline come Sunday.Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson is one such former roster mate."Looking forward to going up against Trent," Hightower said, via Lee Schechter...
Via AFC East Daily
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for the Miami Dolphins & the AFC East in 2014

1. New England Patriots 11-5   They overcame a slew of injuries and managed to win 12 games. They have rebuilt the defense, which was their cornerstone for so many years, adding Darelle Revis, Brandon Browner and draft pick Dominque Easley. They lost so much talent and leadership on that side it’s almost a miracle they were still one of the top scoring defenses. Getting Jerod...
Via cover32 - Dolphins
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for the New York Jets & the AFC East in 2014

1. New England Patriots 11-5   They overcame a slew of injuries and managed to win 12 games. They have rebuilt the defense, which was their cornerstone for so many years, adding Darelle Revis, Brandon Browner and draft pick Dominque Easley. They lost so much talent and leadership on that side it’s almost a miracle they were still one of the top scoring defenses. Getting Jerod...
Via cover32 - Jets
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for the Buffalo Bills & the AFC East in 2014

1. New England Patriots 11-5   They overcame a slew of injuries and managed to win 12 games. They have rebuilt the defense, which was their cornerstone for so many years, adding Darelle Revis, Brandon Browner and draft pick Dominque Easley. They lost so much talent and leadership on that side it’s almost a miracle they were still one of the top scoring defenses. Getting Jerod...
Via cover32 - Bills
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for the New England Patriots & the AFC East in 2014

1. New England Patriots 11-5   They overcame a slew of injuries and managed to win 12 games. They have rebuilt the defense, which was their cornerstone for so many years, adding Darelle Revis, Brandon Browner and draft pick Dominque Easley. They lost so much talent and leadership on that side it’s almost a miracle they were still one of the top scoring defenses. Getting Jerod...
Via cover32 - Patriots
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The New England Patriots’ breakout defensive star

The New England Patriots’ free-agency haul, most notably the acquisition of Darrelle Revis, has been highly publicized and discussed this offseason. While it’s true that Revis and fellow cornerback, Seattle transplant Brandon Browner, are the most highly touted pickups for a team looking to beef up its defense, fans need not look further than homegrown talent Jamie Collins for...
Via cover32 - Patriots
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: Final Impressions from the Final OTA’s

The New England Patriots will conclude the ninth of the ten organized team activities today and it is the third and final session open to the media before the mandatory three-day mini camp begins next week. Here are players who have thus far stood out and ley veterans returning from injury: Who Stood Out: Brandon Browner Newly acquired veteran cornerback, Brandon Browner...
Via TopSportsReport
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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