Dont'a Hightower
Dont'a Hightower
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
New England Patriots
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A torn pectoral muscle limited Hightower to just five games and 14 tackles in 2017. When healthy, which he was as training camp approached, the 28-year-old linebacker is one of the leaders of the Patriots defense. As a team captain and play-caller for the unit he anchors, Hightower's value goes beyond his stat line. On that front, he's capable of chipping in a fair amount of tackles and the occasional sack in his role as the team's starting MLB. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed to a four-year deal by the Patriots in July of 2012.
Full participant in minicamp
LBNew England Patriots
June 25, 2018
Hightower (pectoral) was a full participant in minicamp this month, Zack Cox of NESN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hightower is bouncing back from a torn pectoral that required season-ending surgery last November. The linebacker was eased into drills during the start of OTAs, but his full participation in minicamp suggests the linebacker has returned to full strength. Considering how the Patriots defense took a step back in his absence last year, Hightower's availability is undoubtedly a great thing for New England in advance of the 2018 campaign.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    95
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    9
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
708
53
2017
237
21
2018
95
9
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 3"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   260 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.62 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.64 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   7.55 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   0.00 in
Not Available
Hand Length:   0.00 in
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   33 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   117 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   0 reps
Not Available
New England Patriots Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
Hightower finished up the 2016 season with 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 regular-season games, numbers that put him on the IDP radar in deeper formats. The 27-year-old dabbled in free agency this past offseason but wound up re-signing with New England, landing a four-year, $43.5 million deal. With Hightower, who has been New England's defensive signal-caller over the past two seasons, now back in the fold for the foreseeable future, he'll remain entrenched as the team's starting middle linebacker.
When healthy, Hightower is a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Hightower is slated to reprise his role Patriots' starting middle linebacker and could well top 100 tackles for the first time in his career if he is able to avoid the injury bug.
The 25-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games last season -- underwent shoulder surgery back on Feb. 10. As a result, his status for the Patriots' regular-season opener has yet to be solidified, but assuming his health, he slots in as a starter in a New England linebacking corps that also features stalwarts Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins.
With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, New England's four-man logjam at linebacker (Hightower, Spikes, Mayo and Collins) has been reduced to three, leaving Hightower with his first real chance to provide a decent return on the first-round investment New England made in him two years ago. Mayo will remain unchallenged for snaps, but Collins is only in his second year and should generally play third fiddle. Collins also might see some snaps at end in passing situations, leaving room for all three players. Hightower has some edge ability himself, so he too could get some pass-rushing opportunities at end after posting five sacks in his first two years.
Hightower is in line to start at strongside linebacker for the Patriots. As a rookie, the 2012 first-rounder recorded 60 tackles in 14 games, a number he should easily eclipse this coming season.
The Patriots moved up on draft day to select Hightower -- a linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside -- 25th overall. We'd expect the Alabama product to claim the team's starting strong-side position, a gig that figures to give him some fantasy upside in the Patriots' re-tooled defense.
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Goes through full practice
LBNew England Patriots
Pectoral
May 31, 2018
Hightower (pectoral) was a full participant in OTAs on Thursday, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.
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Works into OTAs
LBNew England Patriots
Pectoral
May 25, 2018
Hightower (pectoral) was a limited participant in OTAs on Thursday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
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Free of setbacks thus far
LBNew England Patriots
Pectoral
February 13, 2018
Hightower (pectoral) appears on track to be available for the 2018 season opener, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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Officially placed on injured reserve
LBNew England Patriots
Pectoral
November 7, 2017
Hightower (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Undergoes season-ending surgery
LBNew England Patriots
Pectoral
October 26, 2017
Hightower underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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