Brandon Spikes

Of all the adjectives to use in describing Brandon Spikes' stay in New England, "mature" probably wouldn't make the top five.

Brandon Spikes certainly hasn't left any of his trademark confidence behind in New England. 


FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo was slow to respond when asked just what the Patriots linebacker group will miss most now that Brandon Spikes is playing in Buffalo.


The Patriots have been here before. They selected a middle linebacker out of Florida with a slow 40-yard dash time named Brandon Spikes with the No. 62 overall pick in 2010.


Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, meeting with reporters at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, said he felt more at ease late last season, which showed in his improved play.