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ESPNBoston: Spikes, McCourty & more at minicamp

"Brandon Spikes was beaten in a tackling drill in which offensive players attempt to get past defenders within a tight box bordered by orange cones. Unhappy with the result, Spikes pushed the next defender aside and went through the drill again. The drill has offensive players with the ball in their hands and they come running toward the defenders, who must exhibit the proper tackling fundamentals in "touching" the player down. Spikes got beaten by a quick cut, but in a sign of how seriously he takes his craft, he stayed in place and executed the fundamental on the next repetition. First-round draft choice Devin McCourty has spent most of his practice time at left cornerback, which makes sense considering that veteran Leigh Bodden returns on the right side. Bill O'Brien coaching the pass-catchers hard. O'Brien's vocal presence is one aspect that stands out from this camp." Good information. Spikes has been called not slow on the field which is a great sign. While he may not have the best 40 speed, he has some fantastic instincts and should make an immediate impact. It is what it is, and it ain't what you think. Look for McCourty to jump right into the starting CB mix. He's not here to be a special teamer. He's here to fight for a starting job from day 1- as he should. If McCourty is good enough to force Butler to be our #3, I'll be happy about our secondary. I also like that Bill O'Brien is taking a leaf out of Vince Wilfork's book. Being a vocal leader is a way to show that you want to command the team. If only he could get some creativity...

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