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All while taking care of himself and getting back to football form, New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is also setting an example for the younger players.

Hightower has plenty to do, as he is coming back from a torn pectoral muscle that sidelined him after just five games last season. But at the same time, he is making sure to take the younger players under his wing and provide them with guidance and help.

Hightower recently spoke about the talent and eagerness of rookie linebackers Christian Sam and Ja’Whaun Bentley.

"He's a smart kid, eager to learn, fast learner. He's a big kid, quick on his feet. He's going to be a good ballplayer," Hightower said of Bentley. "He's a young guy, he's eager to learn, very smart in the classroom, always asking questions. I mean he can cover, he can do a little bit of everything. He's still obviously got a ways to go being a rookie or whatever, but I mean every day he's wanting to get better and that's a great way to start."

Hightower also mentioned that Sam came to him for advice and leadership as well.

"I just kind of gave him my experience and how it was when I came in and the older guys I had with (Niko) Koutouvides, (Brandon) Spikes and (Jerod) Mayo and just how that transition from OTAs to training camp to preseason - how all that stuff kind of affects you. Sam's a good kid, he's obviously good at learning and willing to ask those extra questions so you know anything I can do for those young boys and I guess I'm the old head."

With a lot left to prove to himself, the rookies, the coaches and fans, Hightower is looking forward to maintaining his rehab and getting back to game form.

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Megan Carnahan 8/14/2018 08:31:00 AM Edit
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