By Levan Reid, WBZ-TVBy Levan Reid

FOXBORO (CBS) –  After missing three days of camp and the preseason game against the Saints, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was back on the field Tuesday.

The third-year linebacker said it was great to be out there again and he wanted to thank his teammates for keeping his spirits up and motivating him through this tough time.

Spikes said his knee is still a little sore but he understands that this is part of the process and even though it’s frustrating, it’s necessary.

He is also hoping to ramp up the aggressiveness out on the field.

“Absolutely. That’s my nature. Be aggressive, be a shark – it’s shark week so you know,” he said with a laugh.

While he has yet to play a full season in the NFL (2010 due to suspension, 2011 due to injury), the 24-year-old feels like he is progressing nicely in his young career.

“I feel like over time and over the years, I feel like I’m getting better; learning the differences of the defense, where I’m supposed to be and where the next guy is,” Spikes said Tuesday. “Being the middle linebacker I’ve got to kind of direct guys and it’s coming a lot easier this year, so hopefully I can just keep getting better.”

As for the defense as  a whole, the unit is coming together after three weeks of training camp.

“I think we’re doing a great job. A lot of young guys are coming in, making plays; they’re high energy guys, flying around [and] that’s great,” said Spikes. “They’re catching on to the defense and it’s good, we can just build from there. So I think we’re having a good camp defensively.”

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