Don’t be fooled by Bill Belichick’s favorite mantra.

While the Patriots head coach loves to tell his players, “Do your job,” New England’s defenders are tasked with handling much more than their own assignments.

Just ask veteran linebacker Brandon Copeland, who is on his fifth team (and sixth head coach) in seven seasons after signing with the Patriots in March.

“Guys can play in different positions, but it’s also just an understanding,” Copeland said Thursday in a video conference with reporters. “Being any player on this defense, you know what everyone else is doing around you. And I can honestly say that that doesn’t happen in every defense that I’ve been in for the past seven years in my career.

“It’s not typical that your nose guard knows what your safety is doing on a play. And that’s a beautiful thing.”

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