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We already knew that Jerod Mayo was a tackling machine and that Vince Wilfork was an immovable object, but several other guys are starting to make a name for themselves in the Patriots' front seven.
Brandon Spikes' undeniable nose for the football has continued to develop this season. So far, he's forced three fumbles when the team needed it the most.
Chandler Jones was just named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (h/t Mike Rodak of ESPNBoston) and rightfully so. The rookie defensive end/outside linebacker has already tallied up three sacks, 17 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles through just four games. It’s becoming very easy to see why the Patriots were so aggressive to draft him in last April’s NFL draft.
With a sack, 17 tackles and a recovered fumble for a touchdown, rookie strong-side linebacker Dont'a Hightower is making plays as well.
Early in the 2012 season, it's quite apparent that there is no shortage of playmakers in the Patriots front seven.