Brandon Spikes on Patriots: Both sides would benefit from fresh start

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Linebacker Brandon Spikes ended last season on injured reserve because of a knee injury, although there were reports that missed meetings played a role in the Patriots’ decision to shut him down.

On NFL Network Friday, Spikes denied that anything other than the knee played a role in the decision and said that he was feeling totally healthy as he heads into free agency. Teams looking for linebacker help will note that Spikes should be available for the entire offseason program because it doesn’t sound like there’s much chance that he’ll be sticking in New England.

“I would never say never — everybody [says] you never want to burn a bridge,” Spikes said. “But I just feel like both sides would benefit from a fresh start.”

Spikes has been a strong run defender throughout his career, but said Friday that he feels he’s a three-down player despite struggles in pass coverage over the course of his career. Spikes’ contract will tell us if his next team agrees with him.

24 responses to “Brandon Spikes on Patriots: Both sides would benefit from fresh start

  1. He’s a 3 down player if all 3 of those are runs up the middle.

    If any of them are passes, just make sure your safeties can tackle a guy.

    Bye bye Spikes, we’ve already got 1 “run only” LB in Hightower, don’t need two.

  2. This is my interpretation…

    New England may or may not be willing to resign him to a contract equiavalent to the dime-a-dozen two down linebacker he has proven to be.

    Spikes on the other hand, wants more money than that, and wants to see if someone is willing to pay him 3-down linebacker money to come play for them, even if he still proves to only be a 2-down linebacker.

    Ultimately i think he will have to sign short term and proveh e can abe a 3-down linebacker before someone pays him like one. His coverage skills were questionable coming out of college and magnified by running horribly at the combine.

  3. He plays nasty. Wish things didn’t go sour. Oh well, at least I won’t have to see him run in cement shoes chasing slot receivers 12 yards down field anymore.

  4. Spikes had some truly memorable hits and 4th down stops, but he also could also be burned pretty badly. I don’t think the former outweighed the latter.

  5. “Bye bye Spikes, we’ve already got 1 “run only” LB in Hightower, don’t need two.”

    Yeah, Hightower is way better in coverage than Spikes is. He rapidly improved in the last part of the season and had some good coverage against the Colts in the playoff game.

    But the real reason the Patriots are letting Spikes walk without any effort to retain him is Jamie Collins. Collins is three times the athlete Spikes is. In today’s NFL a guy like Collins is way better to have than a two down thumper like Spikes with a bad knee.

  6. He was awesome on running plays, unfortunately for him the NFL is primarily a passing league now.

    I wish the pats could keep him around as a short yardage run blitzer but that doesn’t fit the realities of modern rosters

  7. In my opinion (idiot armchair gm):

    He is a good player who still has a lot of give to a front 7. He played hurt most of the season.

    His departure was tempestuous. He was a guy who hated to blend in, he loves to do his own thing. It just didn’t mesh. In the last offseason, every player on the Patriots roster went to OTAs except one.

    He will be a tremendous 2 down player no matter where he goes. He is not a 3 down LB but can make some plays in coverage. More often than not though he is a coverage liability.

    2o13 rookie Jamie Collins began to outplay him mightily late in the season. When the playoffs came, Collins boomed. 3 down LB.

    Spikes goes to A) Pittsburgh B) Dallas C) San Diego D) Minnesota

  8. You gotta respect new England for their accomplishments. That being said from the outside it seems playing there is like being in the military. Discipline and silence. A press conference is like pulling teeth!

  9. Since its a certainty that both Spikes and Arthur Jones are departing their respected teams, I propose a clean swap. Art Jones for Spikes. Ravens need a LB and Patriots need a D-Lineman opposite wilfork. Perfect swap IMO

  10. Spikes was a dud right out of the gate. Nothing has changed. His only claim to fame is that he didn’t suck as bad as Cunningham.

  11. Ravens have Arthur Brown.

    I see Spikes AND Jones coming to Buffalo.

    Spikes joins Pepper and gets to start at MLB, Arthur comes home to WNY, and gets to start opposite Mario, along the line with Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.

    But I’d bank on Spikes coming for sure.

  12. Spikes could sign with a pathetic franchise like the Vikings or redskins you know teams that haven’t won anything since the last supper

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