Dane can give the Patriots a boost this season; obviously he's not going to start over Brandon Spikes at middle linebacker, but he could help in pass coverage, and Fletcher realizes that:"I just dedicated myself to stay positive, stay motivated and take as much as you possibly can out of it when you're not on the field. I probably learned a lot more about the game than I probably would have known if I was out on the field."
Bill Belichick has seen the work he's put in to get back on the field:"One of my main focuses this year was to work on my pass coverage and really nail that down. I feel like I've been doing well and always room to improve."
The Patriots need all the help they can get on defense and it certainly doesn't hurt to have more depth at the linebacker position. @joeloobs @patriotslife"While everybody else was playing, he was working hard in the weight room and rehabbing. He had a full spring to work out. Fortunately for this year, the injury occurred early last year so he had almost a full calendar year to rehab it."