Posts Tagged ‘Don’ta Hightower’

Patriots Training Camp: Hall of Fame Backdrop to Day Four

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Tedy Bruschi and Gil Santos were honored before Patriots training camp practice.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Mere minutes after Gil Santos and Tedy Bruschi were inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, current players took the field on day four of Patriots Training Camp.

Here are some observations on how the veterans and rookies looked during their first action in Gillette Stadium this year.

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Patriots Training Camp: Versatility on Display for Day Three

Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Dont'a Hightower Training Camp

Dont’a Hightower is looking to make an even bigger impact during his second year in New England.

NEPD Editor James Christensen

A year ago, the fresh face of Dont’a Hightower was just trying to fit in during his first training camp in Foxboro. Today he stands as part of the new look defense that is charged this year with winning games, not just holding on to the lead.

See what Hightower had to say and other notes from the third day of Patriots training camp.

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Patriots Draft Pick Review: Dont’a Hightower

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Dont'a Hightower 2012 NFL draft

What grade would you give Dont’a Hightower’s rookie season? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

With the 25th overall pick in this year’s past draft, the New England Patriots traded up with the Denver Broncos to select linebacker Dont’a Hightower out of Alabama.

My immediate reaction to this selection was that I loved it. I felt that Hightower was the perfect fit for the Patriots.

Throughout the entire scouting season, I was all over Hightower and felt that he’d be a perfect fit for New England. Hightower impressed me in so many ways, not only because of how he flourished with Nick Saban at Alabama, but his versatility and athleticism.

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New England Patriots vs San Francisco 49ers: Patriots Ultimately Come Up Short

Monday, December 17th, 2012
Randy Moss Patriots Game

Randy Moss had an eventful homecoming in New England. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

On a bizarre night that featured a ten minute Ed Hochuli-induced delay, multiple turnovers, a 28 point deficit and some brutal conditions, the Patriots ultimately couldn’t get it done.

Read about the instant classic 41-34 loss here.

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Patriots vs Titans: Week 1 Aftermath

Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Patriots Titans Rookies

Tavon Wilson and the rest of the Patriots rookies held CJ2K to just 4 yards. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

Here is a drive-by-drive look at the New England Patriots performance in their 34-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

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Patriots Roster Comparison: 2011 vs. 2012

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Can Stevan Ridley prove to be as dependable a back as BenJarvus Green-Ellis? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

The 2012 NFL season is beckoning, the Patriots have cut their roster down to 53 players and there’s plenty of new additions. There’s only one thing left to do, compare this year’s team to last year’s Super Bowl runner ups.

Obviously the week 1 roster isn’t finalized for the Patriots, so all of this may become moot by early afternoon.

If the Week 1 2011 Patriots matched up against the Week 1 2012 Patriots, who gets the edge? Let’s take sides.

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2012 New England Patriots: Versatility Helps Build Depth

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Rob Ninkovich’s ability to play at a starting level at two positions will help the Patriots depth immensely. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

If there’s one thing Bill Belichick has proven over the years, it’s that if you aren’t going to be a star on the New England Patriots, you better damn be versatile.

Last year, Belichick may have gone over the edge with his love for versatility lining Julian Edelman up at cornerback, Matthew Slater at safety, Logan Mankins at left tackle, Nate Solder at tight end and more.

This year, the Patriots have acquired even more versatile players, and I’ll try to break down all of the positions they can play here. I avoided using players whose versatility is limited to non-return special teams, and also players who just play multiple versions of the same position.

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