“As long as I can stay healthy, stay in the playbook and learn from the older guys, I think I’ll just be fine. I’ve always kind of felt that my second year, it always kind of helps me. Everything kind of slows down. I know the playbook a little bit better."
Being a rookie last year he thought he wasn't as much of a leader as he needed to be but thinks that with a year under his belt he can step up into that role:
Dont'a Hightower is saying all the right things because he really needs to be a leader on this team. The Patriots defense is full of young guys and they need young starters like Dont'a to have a big impact not only on the field, but in the locker room as well. Check us out on twitter! @joeloobs @patriotslife"I’m able to be a little more vocal so Mayo or Spikes or Devin are not just making the call. I’m able to echo a little bit better. I feel a lot better. Things are slowing down for me. I learned a lot more during in this offseason and OTAs and everything. I’m just looking forward and going out and playing this year.”