Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower focused on improving with Jets ahead

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In lieu of the New England Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, linebacker Dont’a Hightower knows that he needs to be better.

Hightower recorded four combined tackles and was able to help the linebacker unit to an extent. But, with the Miami contest being his first game in 20 months, there is still a lot of work to be done.

As the Patriots prepare to face the New York Jets on Sunday, Hightower knows that he needs to be better if New England wants to have success. He said as much in speaking to the media on Thursday.

“We didn’t get the win, that’s the most important thing,” Hightower said. “Win or loss, I always look for room for improvement, and that’s obviously there. I pride myself on being, not the smartest guy, but I definitely want to push up my awareness as far as situational awareness goes.

“Just all around, I want to play better, obviously. It’s coming along, but obviously I want to play a lot better, be a little bit more impactful.”

With New England facing off against rookie Zach Wilson under center, Hightower will have an opportunity to make more of an impact against a rookie quarterback.

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