Patriots open in nickel with Hightower, Freeny at LB. Coleman, Butler, Ryan, Chung, McCourty, Nink, Jones, Branch, Brown.
Pats inactives: Hightower, Flowers, Grissom, Dobson, Thornton, Wendell, Rufus.
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Patriots start in a nickel: Ninkovich-Branch-Brown-Jones / Freeny-Hightower/ Coleman-Ryan-Butler/ Chung-McCourty
DL -- Nink, Branch, Brown Jones; LB -- Hightower, Freeny; CB -- Butler, Ryan, Coleman; S - Chung, McCourty
Hightower with his helmet in his hand on the sideline to start the series.
#Patriots defensive starters: Ninkovich, Branch, Brown, Jones, Freeny, Hightower, Ryan, Butler, Coleman, Chung, McCourty. #WASvsNE
Hightower on the sideline to start the drive with his helmet off. Freeny and Mayo are the LBs
At least Hightower is back in the game
Hightower is on the field.
Patriots had Hightower covering Jordan Reed there, even with Reed split out wide.
Hightower's 2nd series on the bench here in the 2nd half. Mayo and Freeny again the duo
Hightower is on the bench with the defense. Not sure why he wasn't playing on that last series. Maybe just rotational?
A detailed breakdown of the market value of Hightower, Collins and Jones and a plan for the Patriots to keep all 3 https://t.co/bPiUZVrT9Q
Need LB reinforcements with Collins, Hightower dealing with the sick bug https://t.co/HkYuuIU9BE
Pats have 3 legitimate candidates in Collins, Hightower and Jones. https://t.co/Z6GY5R1ude
McCourty and Hightower are getting snubbed so far. https://t.co/y4AcF3fyon
Patriots starting LBs, per warmups: Mayo, Freeny, Hightower.
Patriots will be in base defense to start. Hightower, Mayo, Freeny all in game.
Patriots D warming up: Jones-Branch-Brown-Ninkovich / Mayo-Freeny-Hightower / Butler-Ryan / McCourty-Chung
Thought the same thing, Andy. He might be fifth, behind Hightower, too https://t.co/mS1XHY9Xd4
Immediate defensive adjustment: Pats using a 3-safety nickel and moved Hightower off the line.
Pats open in a 3-4 with Hightower and Jones as OLB and Mayo and Freeny at ILB. Butler follows OBJ.
Belichick asked about Hightower's weight and quickness. Says Hightower had a "bigger drop" in weight from '13-'14 as compared to '14-'15.
Belichick says Hightower's bigger dropoff in weight was from 2013 to 2014. Says weight is pretty consistent this yr with what it was last yr
Patriots D warming up: Jones-Branch-Brown-Ninkovich/ Hightower-Mayo Freeny / McCourty-Chung / Butler-Ryan
Patriots start in a 4-3: Jones-Brown-Branch-Nink / Hightower-Mayo-Freeny / Chung-McCourty / Ryan-Butler
Patriots in base 4-3 to start. Hightower, Mayo, Freeny are the LBs.
#Patriots defensive starters: Ninkovich, Branch, Brown, Jones, Freeny, Mayo, Hightower, Ryan, Butler, Chung, McCourty. #BUFvsNE
Players who stood out for Patriots: Amendola, James White, Tavon Wilson, Butler, Mayo, Hightower
Patriots open in base defense with Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower and Jonathan Freeny at LB.
A slimmed-down Dont'a Hightower: "I feel a lot better this year" https://t.co/sosYJTlgd3
Also, Coples is the 4th Top 16 pick from 2012 already off his drafting team. New England got Chandler Jones and Donte' Hightower in the 20s.
Once listed at 270 pounds, Dont'a Hightower is hovering in the 258-260 range, and playing the best of his career https://t.co/qLV2xHuGdW
Once listed at 270 pounds, Dont'a Hightower is in the 258-260 range and playing the best ball of his pro career https://t.co/Mhu90YPDb1
Playing in the 258-260 range, a slimmed-down Dont'a Hightower says, "I feel a lot better this year" https://t.co/lbIldXErSs
Playing in the 258-260 range, a slimmer-down Dont'a Hightower says, "I feel a lot better this year"
Belichick also said Dont'a Hightower dropped some weight between the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Looks to be in great shape this year.
Think Dont'a Hightower may have slimmed down a little since last year. Just an observation.
Pats notes: Mom's the word with Dont'a Hightower https://t.co/0HoL9Ta4Kt
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