Refresh  
  Page last updated on Thu Mar 30 18:43:23 EDT 2017
TOP NEWS
NINKOVICH CHANGED FROM OUTSIDE LINEBACKER TO DEFENSIVE END
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 02:30 AM EDT

When he was an outside linebacker, Rob Ninkovich could spend some more time covering receivers. He even intercepted two passes in 2 different games.

He’d wish to get sacks, and he’s got a better chance now the Patriots have shifted him to his college position of defensive end.

Still, he remembers obviously one of those 2-interception games, on Oct. 4, 2010, in Miami when the New England Patriots beat the Dolphins 41-14.

”Two picks are a game changer, obviously,” he announced before reminding a questioner of what else he accomplished in that game.

”I think I had 2 picks and a sack, so, the more that you can do right …”

Exactly how Coach Bill Belichick feels.

No matter what position appears next to his players’ names on the depth chart, he wants them to do their roles as well as possible.

”Rob’s always played at the end of the line of scrimmage so that’s still where he plays,” Belichick recounted. ”Some things he’s doing this year he’s done during the past, maybe in different frequencies or percentages, but he’s still fundamentally an end-of-the-line player.”

Playing defensive end, though, decreases Ninkovich’s pass coverage responsibilities. He can focus more on trying to tackle the QB, one of the Patriots’ deficiencies last season.

”Not too much (thinking) in that position,” he revealed. ”You’ve got to do some things, obviously, but the more things that you can do, the more flexible you are for the team, is just going to help the entire team out.”

Ninkovich failed to help his teams out much in his first 3 pro seasons.

New Orleans drafted him in 2006 out of Purdue but he played in just 3 games as a rookie with 2 tackles. He was claimed on waivers by Miami on Sept. 7, 2007, but he got into only 4 games with the Dolphins that season. His total tackles? Zero.

He played in one game the following season, again without a tackle, before going on Miami’s practice squad. New Orleans then re-signed him but he was waived on July 30, 2009, before playing a single down for the New Orleans Saints.

That’s when the New England Patriots (No. 2 in the AP Pro32) stepped in, signing him just 3 days later, a move that revived his career when he was shifted to LB. Las Vegas odds

”In college, (defensive end) was my position. That’s all I played,” Ninkovich claimed. ”My 1st two years in the NFL I was only a defensive end. I came here and learned the best way to play outside linebacker. So I am just adding to the bag of tricks now.”

In 2009, Ninkovich appeared in 15 games for the Patriots as a backup and special team’s player. His discovery came in 2010 when he started 10 of the 16 games he played and had 58 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Last season he started all 16 games with career highs of 62 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, 2 interceptions (one for a touchdown) and 2 more fumble recoveries. He also started New England’s 3 postseason games.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASEBALL 4/2/2017 - 6/3/2017
BASKETBALL 3/7/2017 - 4/12/2017
HOCKEY 3/7/2017 - 4/9/2017
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Georgia Tech
2
Tcu
3
Montreal Canadiens
4
Tcu
5
Cleveland Cavaliers
03/30/2017
ATP - Miami, USA, DoublesMONROE N / SOCK J vs. BRYAN B / BRYAN M2:00 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USAZVEREV, A vs. KYRGIOS, N4:00 PM PST
NBABROOKLYN NETS at DETROIT PISTONS4:30 PM PST
NHLDallas Stars vs Boston Bruins4:35 PM PST
NBALOS ANGELES LAKERS at MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES5:00 PM PST
NBACLEVELAND CAVALIERS at CHICAGO BULLS5:00 PM PST
College BasketballGeorgia Tech vs TCU5:00 PM PST
Argentina - LNBQUIMSA SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO at CLUB ATLETICO SAN LORENZO DE ALMAGRO5:00 PM PST
Argentina - LNBDEPORTIVO LIBERTAD at INSTITUTO ATLETICO CENTRAL CORDOBA5:00 PM PST
WTA - Miami, USAWILLIAMS, V vs. KONTA, J6:00 PM PST
NBALOS ANGELES CLIPPERS at PHOENIX SUNS7:00 PM PST
NBAHOUSTON ROCKETS at PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS7:30 PM PST
03/31/2017
ATP - Miami, USANADAL, R vs. FOGNINI, F07:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USA, DoublesHLAVACKOVA A / PENG S vs. DABROWSKI G / XU Y07:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USA, DoublesCHAN Y-J / HINGIS M vs. MIRZA S / STRYCOVA B07:00 AM PST
International - EuroleagueUNICS KAZAN at KK CRVENA ZVEZDA MTS10:00 AM PST
International - EuroleagueBASKONIA VITORIA GASTEIZ at GALATASARAY SK10:00 AM PST
International - EuroleagueEA7-EMPORIO ARMANI MILANO at BC ZALGIRIS KAUNAS10:00 AM PST
International - EuroleagueCSKA MOSCOW at PANATHINAIKOS11:45 AM PST
International - EuroleagueFENERBAHCE ISTANBUL at REAL MADRID12:00 PM PST
International - EurocupVALENCIA BASKET at UNICAJA MALAGA12:00 PM PST
NBAINDIANA PACERS at TORONTO RAPTORS4:00 PM PST
NBADENVER NUGGETS at CHARLOTTE HORNETS4:00 PM PST
Argentina - LNBBOCA JUNIORS at OBRAS SANITARIAS4:00 PM PST
NBAPHILADELPHIA 76ERS at CLEVELAND CAVALIERS4:30 PM PST
NBAORLANDO MAGIC at BOSTON CELTICS4:30 PM PST
NBADETROIT PISTONS at MILWAUKEE BUCKS5:00 PM PST
NBASAN ANTONIO SPURS at OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER5:00 PM PST
NBANEW YORK KNICKS at MIAMI HEAT5:00 PM PST
NBASACRAMENTO KINGS at NEW ORLEANS PELICANS5:00 PM PST
NBADALLAS MAVERICKS at MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES5:00 PM PST
NBAWASHINGTON WIZARDS at UTAH JAZZ6:00 PM PST
NBAHOUSTON ROCKETS at GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS7:30 PM PST
04/01/2017
College BasketballSouth Carolina vs Gonzaga3:05 PM PST
College BasketballOregon vs North Carolina5:45 PM PST
04/25/2017
Germany BBLEWE BASKETS OLDENBURG at SCIENCE CITY JENA10:00 AM PST

x