Patriots LB David Harris like defensive coordinator per Dont’a Hightower

New England Patriots linebacker David Harris has only been active for three games this season and has played in just seven defensive snaps, but that’s okay because he brings additional value to the table.

Veteran leadership is difficult to quantify, but in listening to other Patriots linebacker like Dont’a Hightower talking about what Harris’ experience brings to the equation, we get a glimpse of what Harris brings to the table.

“I’m saying like defensive coordinator-type stuff,” Hightower said according to Mike Daniels of the Providence Journal. “I mean, coming from two different organizations back whenever he was at the Jets, guys know that if there’s one thing about David it’s that he’s a real smart linebacker. I think that guys here saw that real quick and appreciate it.

“He’s helped that other waves of guys that are coming in, so for him to come in and learn the playbook as well as he has and still help the younger guys like E-Rob and the second and third year guys in the secondary, so it really helps to have that extra bag of leadership in the back end.”

On Sunday, that knowledge becomes even more valuable to the Patriots when they travel East Rutherford to take on the New York Jets. Harris spent 10 years with the Jets before being released during the offseason and signing with New England.

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