Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes present for mandatory practice

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FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots’ first mandatory practice of minicamp was an uneventful one for fourth-year linebacker Brandon Spikes, who participated in just a handful of drills after being the lone no-show for voluntary workouts.

However, his session with the media following the workout was a bit more interesting.

Spikes passed on the opening eight weeks of team workouts, and chose instead to spend his time training at a private center in Florida.

“Honestly, I just felt 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,” Spikes said.

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