Spikes: 'I do things different'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was the only player to stay away from voluntary organized team activities, and after reporting for mandatory minicamp this week, he was asked about his absence.

“I just feel like I was trying to put myself in the best position to compete for a spot on the team, and also help this team win a championship,” he told reporters after Tuesday’s practice. “You guys know me – I do things a little different from everybody else. I don’t think that’s bad or a shocker. Honestly, if everybody in this world was a [conformist], it would be one boring place.”

Spikes was asked why he felt it was better to be on his own when teammates were together in meeting rooms and on the field.

“I stayed in contact with some guys out here, making sure things weren’t changing in the meeting room and stuff like that,” he answered. “I just wanted to stay on top of my game, and I felt like being somewhere else, on my own, I normally do better and be productive that way.”

He added that part of the reason for training in Florida was to rehab a prior knee injury and he now feels the best he has since arriving in 2010.

Spikes, who said his teammates embraced him when he arrived and participated in Tuesday’s practice, also was asked about his former Florida teammate Tim Tebow.

“It’s definitely good to see a Gator in the building,” he said. “He’s a hard worker, a competitor, he loves the game. We need guys like that.”