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Dont'a Hightower has high praise for Patriots 'Boogeyman' defense

Dont'a Hightower has high praise for Patriots 'Boogeyman' defense

The New England Patriots are off to a great start in 2019. They have a 5-0 record and they're having a historic season on the defensive side of the ball.

So far through five games, the team has only allowed 31 total points and most recently held the Washington Redskins to 7 in their 33-7 victory on Sunday. And after the game, Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower had some praise for his defensive teammates and gave the linebacker corps a new nickname.

“We’re the boogeyman, man,” Hightower said per NESN's Doug Kyed. “We’re the boogeymen.”

This is a fitting moniker. The Patriots' linebackers are striking fear into the league as Hightower, Jamie Collins, and Kyle Van Noy have all put together terrific seasons so far. They have been key in helping the defense to succeed and the goal to "be the engine" of the defense has been one of their driving motivations this season.

“We want to go out there, and we want to be the engine and the starting force of the defense,” Hightower said. “We know that if we go out there and we play well, then that will hype every other spot whether that’s in the front seven or the back seven. Not even if it’s a linebacker, whether it’s Dev (Devin McCourty) with a pick or JMac (Jason McCourty) with a pick or Du (Duron Harmon) with a pick. We feed off of each other.

“We compete. It’s a great group not just in the linebacker room but the defense, we all want to compete. … We’re trying to get more picks, more forced fumbles. It’s a great defense.”

Regarding that mission, so far, so good. The team already has a whopping 11 interceptions this season, far and away the most in the NFL, and they picked up another six sacks and a fumble recovery against the Redskins on Sunday.

Needless to say, they have made a major impact for the Patriots so far this season.

The Patriots defense will get a chance to continue at their ridiculous pace on Thursday night when they take on the New York Giants.

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Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

So, Tom Brady (and other Patriots) "liked" an apology post from former-teammate-for-11-days Antonio Brown on Instagram?

What's it mean?

That was the subject of a heated debate on Boston Sports Tonight among DJ Bean, Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta.

It was Curran and Holley who were at odds over whether we should be reading anything into the social media vagaries on any athlete.

Holley: "For whatever reason, lots of players get into it. Lots of celebrities get into it...not because we [the media] are broken, but because that's how they communicate. And we would be reckless if we didn't follow it."

Curran: "It's reckless to vest any perception or presumption into it."

Watch the full discussion here:

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Ex-Patriots backup QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran to talk about a frustrated Brady, Colin Kaepernick's NFL comeback chances and Cassel's experience with the Dallas Cowboys.

3:30 - Tom Curran is joined by Matt Cassel to discuss Tom Brady's attitude following the Patriots win over the Eagles. Does he have the right to be so outwardly upset?

10:34 - It's easy to focus on what the Patriots haven't brought in to help Brady, but Tom and Matt talk about the three first-round picks in Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn and N'Keal Harry that were drafted specifically for the QB.

15:27 - A couple of former Patriots made headlines Tuesday, with Rob Gronkowski announcing his "Gronk Beach" plans for Super Bowl Sunday and Antonio Brown apologizing to Robert Kraft on social media.

20:40 - With Colin Kaepernick's workout now in the rearview, Tom and Matt discuss what they saw from him and wonder what the exposure actually did for the QB's chances of getting a job.

27:27 - Matt talks about his time with the Dallas Cowboys and gives us an insider's view of what it's like to play for Jerry Jones as opposed to Robert Kraft.

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