Found May 29, 2013 on NESN.com:
FOXBORO, Mass. — The student is now becoming the master. Just four years ago, Rob Ninkovich was the new guy in New England with lots to learn and plenty to prove. Now, entering his fifth season with the Patriots, Nink has become something of leader on defense and he’s the one dishing out the advice instead of receiving it. After two productive seasons with the Patriots in 2009 and 2010, Ninkovich emerged as a consistent contributor in 2011 with 74 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks as the Patriots marched all the way to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. His role changed in 2012, as Ninkovich moved from outside linebacker down onto the defensive line, but that didn’t hinder his production. Ninkovich led the Patriots with eight sacks and five forced fumbles last season to go along a defensive line-leading 58 tackles. That sort of production is exactly what Bill Belichick is looking for from the dual defensive end/linebacker. But, while becoming a leader on the stat sheet last season, Ninkovich is ...
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