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54 Dont'a Hightower OLB

New England Patriots

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
3%0%
Key Stats
GPTot TcklSacksIntTDsFF
15481.0100

Player Updates

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Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Dropping weight ahead of 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hightower is entering the offseason program at around 250-255 pounds, Dakota Randall of NESN reports.

Linebackers around the league seem to be shedding weight in an effort to stay on the field more often on passing downs. Hightower, who checked in at 265 pounds at the 2012 NFL Combine and has played around 270 at times, appears to be following suit. Moreover, the 2016 All-Pro has evidently been active in offseason workouts and is seemingly in good health after spraining his toe in the Super Bowl.

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Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Wears boot at parade
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hightower wore a walking boot to protect a toe sprain during the Patriots' championship parade Tuesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

This sounds like a matter of being cautious in a chaotic environment, rather than any level of concern about the injury being serious. Hightower showed no sign of limitation during the Super Bowl, finishing with two sacks, a batted pass and three quarterback hits on 56 defensive snaps (86 percent). He has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $33.5 million contract, with $2 million of his 2019 base salary ($7 million) scheduled to become guaranteed March 17, per overthecap.com. While his regular-season statistics may not justify the lofty salary, Hightower has an impressive history of stepping up when it matters most.

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Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Cleared for Super Bowl
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hightower (illness) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have any injury designation for the Super Bowl, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Held out of practice the day prior, Hightower seems to have made a quick recovery and should be fine to handle his usual three-down role come Sunday. He played every snap on defense in the AFC Championship Game, notching two tackles (one for loss) and a quarterback hit in a 37-31 win over the Chiefs.

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Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Held out of practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hightower was held out of Thursday's practice session due to illness.

Hightower first appeared on the injury report Thursday as the team had a walkthrough in lieu of a full practice. It's unclear what the specifics of the issue are or if he's in jeopardy of being held out or seeing a reduced role Sunday. Looking ahead to Sunday, if Hightower is at all limited then Brandon King or Albert McClellan would likely see an uptick in snaps.

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Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Records first sack in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hightower recorded two solo tackles and a sack during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.

Hightower contributed one of New England's five sacks, though that wasn't enough to leave the Patriots with a victory. It was Hightower's first sack of the season, and he'll look to keep it going in a pivotal matchup with the Steelers on Sunday.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.TDSacksIntFF
19/9/18HOU0000
29/16/18JAC0000
39/23/18DET0000
49/30/18MIA0000
510/4/18IND0000
610/14/18KC0010
710/21/18CHI0000
810/29/18BUF0000
911/4/18GB0000
1011/11/18TEN0000
1211/25/18NYJ0000
1312/2/18MIN0000
1412/9/18MIA01.000
1512/16/18PIT0000
1612/23/18BUF0000
1712/30/18NYJ0000
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012New England Patriots146043.0174000.0003
2013New England Patriots169755.0421000.0003
2014New England Patriots128951.0386000.0002
2015New England Patriots126151.0103.5000.0002
2016New England Patriots136531.0342.5000.0002
2017New England Patriots51412.022000.0000
2018New England Patriots154824.024112727.02701
TOTAL87434267.01672012727.027013
Punting
YearTeamGNo.YdsLgAvgBlkI20TBDownedNoRet YdsTDNet Avg
2012New England Patriots14000---0000000---
2013New England Patriots16000---0000000---
2014New England Patriots12000---0000000---
2015New England Patriots12000---0000000---
2016New England Patriots13000---0000000---
2017New England Patriots5000---0000000---
2018New England Patriots15000---1000000---
TOTAL87000---1000000---
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012New England Patriots1400002621
2013New England Patriots1600000000
2014New England Patriots1200100000
2015New England Patriots1200001010
2016New England Patriots1300100000
2017New England Patriots500000000
2018New England Patriots1500001010
TOTAL8700204641
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/260
Birthdate:
3/12/1990
Age:
29
Hometown:
Lewisburg, TN, USA
School:
Alabama
NFL Experience:
8
Awards: