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Hightower Active Week 7
Sunday, Oct. 25
Hightower Crucial for Patriots Pass Rush
Even though the Patriots defense isn't built around one dominant defensive player, Hightower is a clear standout. He tied for the second-most sacks on the team last season with six and was named to the Pro Football Focus All-Pro Team because of his all-around skill set.
Hightower becomes even more valuable with star linebacker Jerod Mayo missing 10 games in each of the last two seasons. Linebacker depth isn't an area of strength for the Patriots, so head coach Bill Belichick will be thankful Hightower is able to play.