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Spikes elevates Patriots' defense

Linebacker's high-energy play has an infectious effect on the revamped unit

Updated: August 1, 2012, 6:36 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes never took off his helmet as he answered questions from reporters Tuesday at training camp, a dark visor concealing his eyes.

In many ways, that snapshot of the hard-hitting, stay-under-the-media-radar Spikes said it all. He does things in his own unique way.

Bill Belichick pointed this out in Spikes' rookie season of 2010, when he raved about him early in camp.

"He sees some ...

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