PRINT SCHEDULES BASKETBALL | HOCKEY
Refresh  
  Page last updated on Wed Mar 04 13:46:58 EST 2015
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:
BASKETBALL 2/10/2015 - 3/9/2015
1/13/2015 - 2/8/2015
HOCKEY 2/10/2015 - 3/9/2015
1/13/2015 - 2/8/2015
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Ohio State
2
Longwood
3
Notre Dame
4
Longwood
5
Oklahoma City Thunder
03/03/2015
2015 World CupUNITED ARAB EMIRATES at PAKISTAN5:00 PM PST
NHLDUCKS at COYOTES6:00 PM PST
NHLSHARKS at CANUCKS7:00 PM PST
2015 World CupAFGHANISTAN at AUSTRALIA10:30 PM PST
03/04/2015
2015 World CupSCOTLAND at BANGLADESH2:00 PM PST
NBAKnicks vs Pacers4:05 PM PST
NBASuns vs Magic4:05 PM PST
NHLOTTAWA at WINNIPEG4:30 PM PST
NBACavaliers vs Raptors4:35 PM PST
NBAHornets vs Nets4:35 PM PST
NBAJazz vs Celtics4:35 PM PST
NHLNY RANGERS at DETROIT5:00 PM PST
NBA76ers vs Thunder5:05 PM PST
NBANuggets vs Timberwolves5:05 PM PST
NBAPistons vs Pelicans5:05 PM PST
NBAGrizzlies vs Rockets5:05 PM PST
NBALakers vs Heat5:05 PM PST
NBAKings vs Spurs5:35 PM PST
NHLPITTSBURGH at COLORADO7:00 PM PST
NHLMONTREAL at ANAHEIM7:00 PM PST
NBABlazers vs Clippers7:35 PM PST
NBABucks vs Warriors7:35 PM PST
03/05/2015
NHLCALGARY at BOSTON4:00 PM PST
NHLST. LOUIS at PHILADELPHIA4:00 PM PST
NHLMINNESOTA at WASHINGTON4:00 PM PST
NHLTORONTO at TAMPA BAY4:30 PM PST
NHLDALLAS at FLORIDA4:30 PM PST
NHLNY ISLANDERS at NASHVILLE5:00 PM PST
NHLVANCOUVER at ARIZONA6:00 PM PST
NHLVANCOUVER at ARIZONA6:00 PM PST
NHLMONTREAL at LA KINGS7:30 PM PST
2015 World CupWEST INDIES at INDIA10:30 PM PST
03/06/2015
NHLCOLUMBUS at NJ DEVILS4:00 PM PST
NHLMINNESOTA at CAROLINA4:00 PM PST
NHLBUFFALO at OTTAWA4:30 PM PST
NHLCALGARY at DETROIT4:30 PM PST
2015 World CupPAKISTAN at SOUTH AFRICA5:00 PM PST
NHLEDMONTON at CHICAGO5:30 PM PST
NHLPITTSBURGH at ANAHEIM7:00 PM PST
2015 World CupIRELAND at ZIMBABWE7:30 PM PST
03/07/2015
NHLPHILADELPHIA at BOSTON10:00 AM PST
2015 World CupAFGHANISTAN at NEW ZEALAND2:00 PM PST
NHLST. LOUIS at TORONTO4:00 PM PST
NHLDALLAS at TAMPA BAY4:00 PM PST
NHLNY ISLANDERS at FLORIDA4:00 PM PST
NHLBUFFALO at WASHINGTON4:00 PM PST
NHLCOLORADO at COLUMBUS4:00 PM PST
NHLWINNIPEG at NASHVILLE4:00 PM PST
NHLMONTREAL at ARIZONA4:00 PM PST
NHLPITTSBURGH at LA KINGS7:00 PM PST
NHLVANCOUVER at SJ SHARKS7:00 PM PST
2015 World CupSRI LANKA at AUSTRALIA7:30 PM PST
03/08/2015
NHLDETROIT at BOSTON10:30 AM PST
NHLEDMONTON at CAROLINA12:00 PM PST
NHLPHILADELPHIA at NJ DEVILS2:00 PM PST
NHLCOLORADO at MINNESOTA3:00 PM PST
NHLCALGARY at OTTAWA4:00 PM PST
NHLNY RANGERS at CHICAGO4:30 PM PST
2015 World CupBANGLADESH at ENGLAND9:00 PM PST

x