New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes has been very quiet this offseason, and it may have something to do with the fact that he is headed to a contract year. Spikes is an integral part of the Patriots defense and sets the tone with his vicious and excellent play against the run, and that more than makes up for his poor coverage skills. He’ll look to improve upon his coverage in 2013, because that will show he can be a true three-down LB in this league and thus get paid more in free agency. Spikes did not participate in yesterday’s OTAs, but many players don’t participate in the first, voluntary session of OTAs.
One reason is because some players prefer to work out on their own, and that’s reportedly the case with Brandon Spikes. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Spikes will be in for the Patriots minicamp from the 11th-13th of June, per a source. The source stated that Spikes is not upset with his deal or looking for leverage, and that was expected but also a relief to quell any sneaking doubts. Spikes is headed into a contract year, but he isn’t foolish and won’t try to play hardball with the Patriots.
Spikes is fully healthy and Howe writes, “Spikes has been working out on his own, which he feels is the best way to prepare for the upcoming season.”
I definitely respect that, and he isn’t the only player around the league who feels that way. Howe notes that Spikes does not have any workout bonuses, so he didn’t lose any money by not participating in the Patriots OTAs.
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