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New England Patriots Brandon Spikes keeping it low key

New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes is heading into a contract year next season, but he already proved his worth in this league last season in a critical third season. Although he was abysmal in coverage, Spikes was absolutely amazing against the run and was healthy enough to fully show off his skill-set in stopping the run. One of the most violent and aggressive linebackers in the NFL (and I mean this in a good way), Spikes is a catalyst for this Patriots defense and gives this defense an edge that they really do need. Spikes is an integral part of one of the best run defenses in the NFL, and he’s been pretty quiet thus far in the training camp preceding his contract year.

But quiet is a good thing, and it’s probably the best thing for Spikes, even if he hasn’t been participating in Patriots offseason workouts. According to ESPN Boston, Spikes was not at voluntary OTAs yesterday, so that could mean the quietness if a bad thing. He had better not being trying to leverage himself against the Pats, and I doubt that’s the case here. I mean, Spikes did see first-hand with the Wes Welker business that, in New England especially, football is a business; you don’t win when you face the Patriots in these matters.

I highly doubt that’s the case, though, because Brandon Spikes isn’t that type of player, and there are many reasons why players don’t check into voluntary OTAs. It is more than within Spikes’s right to keep things quiet on his front, and plenty of players- Troy Polamalu was one of them at Spikes’s age- believe that working out on their own during the first, voluntary session of OTAs is what’s best for them. That’s something you have to respect, and I bet that’s the case with Spikes; he seems like that kind of person.

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