Originally posted on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 7/24/12
by Chris Warner Off-season, off-season, free agents, rookies, whatchathink, whaddyaknow, blah, blah, blah. Enough. Let’s do this … Jones-ing For Athleticism: Before we speak of rookie Chandler Jones, a quick anecdote about last year’s defense, focusing on fan (and BSMW) favorite Rob Ninkovich. Playing against an AFC East rival, Ninkovich made two plays that defined the 2011 season defensively. On one play, he read a misdirection play, avoided the block, and ran toward the outside. Due to his lack of quickness, however, the back eluded contain and gained a first down. On another play, he was in the perfect position to deflect a pass in the flat. He saw the ball, leapt for it, and watched it sail three inches over his hand for a first-down completion. Ninkovich knows what he’s doing. He’s a smart, diligent guy who has gone from hopeful longsnapper to starting linebacker. But – like many Pats veterans – he lacked the athleticism to follow through on what his brain wanted him to do. We...
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