Dont’a Hightower came in with high expectations for his second season in a Patriots’ uniform.
Seeing teammate and first round selection Chandler Jones succeed in his second season in the NFL, Hightower – a first round pick alongside Jones – has not nearly had the same success.
Despite the struggles, Bill Belichick did not seem to assess Hightower’s play like many others.
“You can look at any player and find plays that are good and you’ll find some plays that aren’t so good with every player at every position and every coach for that matter,” Belichick said. “We’ve all had our moments. We’ve all had some we would like to have back.”
Even with his inconsistency, Hightower was set on defending his play this season.
"A lot of you don’t even know what goes on,” Hightower said. “It might seem like somebody on the defensive line messed up, but it was someone in the secondary. But, it is all about accountability.”