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High hopes for Pats' new D

Rookie Dont'a Hightower and Belichick's changes raise expectations

Updated: July 31, 2012, 3:27 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Patriots followers are excited about rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

Based on the submissions to this week's Patriots mailbag, Hightower's potential impact on defense was the hot topic.

If Bill Parcells were the coach, this is the time where he might say something like, "Hey, before we send him to Canton, can we get him taped up for the fifth practice of his NFL career?"

The Patriots' defense received a makeover this offseason from Bill Belichick, and Hightower projects ...

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