By Levan Reid, WBZ-TV SportsBy Levan Reid

BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes is not really one to remain quiet.

He’s constantly yapping to his teammates  in the locker room and on opponents on the field.

This season, he’s making a lot noise on the field.

Spikes has been getting the job done and playing at a Pro Bowl level through the Patriots first eight games. But given his love for hitting and tackling opponents, he’s still looking to do more.

“There’s no greater feeling than when you can impose your will on another man and absolutely just stop what he trying to get done,” Spikes said during the Patriots bye week. “It’s kind of fun. I get a kick out of it.”

The third-year linebacker is on a roll and maybe that’s the key reason he’s not really looking for a break.  While a lot of the players are treating the bye week like a vacation, Spikes will continue to press.

“Me personally, I’m still gonna be working,” Spikes said. “I’m not just saying that. I wan to just be a professional. I want to  be the best at my position. I can’t let a day get by. I’m definitely going to enjoy my family (during the bye), but at the same time I’m still trying to get the edge.”

That so-called edge is a work is progress, but that progress has shown in the stat sheet so far. He is second on the team in tackles with 50 (behind only Jerod Mayo’s team-leading 79), and had a monster week against the Jets in Week 7, when he recorded 11 tackles and his first career sack.

So it should come as no surprise Spikes feels he’s playing his at a top level.

“Honestly, this the best I ever felt in my life,” he said. “I feel like I’m 18. I feel great, man.”

That’s great new for the Patriots, and bad news for the seven teams remaining on their schedule.

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