Dont'a Hightower
Dont'a Hightower
29-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
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$Signed a four-year, $35.5 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2017.
Dropping weight ahead of 2019
LBNew England Patriots
April 18, 2019
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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Measurables Review
How do Dont'a Hightower's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
260 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
Shuttle Time
4.64 sec
Cone Drill
7.55 sec
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
Broad Jump
117 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Wears boot at parade
LBNew England Patriots
February 6, 2019
Hightower wore a walking boot to protect a toe sprain during the Patriots' championship parade Tuesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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Cleared for Super Bowl
LBNew England Patriots
February 1, 2019
Hightower (illness) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have any injury designation for the Super Bowl, Mike Reiss of reports.
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Held out of practice Thursday
LBNew England Patriots
January 31, 2019
Hightower was held out of Thursday's practice session due to illness.
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Records first sack in loss
LBNew England Patriots
December 11, 2018
Hightower recorded two solo tackles and a sack during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.
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Posts four tackles in loss
LBNew England Patriots
November 12, 2018
Hightower recorded four tackles (three solo) in Sunday's loss to the Titans.
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