Belichick: Patriots pass rush not that good despite eight sacks

Most NFL coaches would be happy if their front seven produced eight sacks in a single game. Bill Belichick, always one to push his players, focuses on the negatives just as much as the positives. The Patriots sacked Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor eight times for a loss of 53 yards in Week 2. Taylor also hurt the Patriots on the ground, however, rushing for 43 yards and...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots' Rob Ninkovich compares Blake Bortles to Ben Roethlisberger

After starting the season 2-0, the New England Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars with the hopes of moving to 3-0. When they square off on Sunday, the quarterback on the other side will look similar to the Patriots' Week 1 opponent.Defensive end Rob Ninkovich sees similarities between Blake Bortles and Ben Roethlisberger, mainly in their size and play style."They’re both...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookie Geneo Grissom quickly developing big role on defense

The New England Patriots didn't have a defensive lineman play more snaps than rookie end Geneo Grissom last Thursday against the Steelers. That's particularly shocking when the team has Chandler Jones, Jabal Sheard, Rob Ninkovich and Dominique Easley; however, when Easley went down with a hip injury, Grissom got a chance to show what he had. “Geneo played probably more than...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick has endless options with Patriots' talented pass-rushers

FOXBORO, Mass. — It took some convincing, but the New England Patriots proved it this preseason: Their pass rush will be a force in 2015. The theory went for years that if the Patriots acquired another pass rusher, it would give Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich much needed rest, making their snaps more productive. The Patriots ignored their need for another premier pass rusher...
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots position preview: defensive line

In this edition of New England Patriots position preview, we’ll take a look an in-depth look at the defensive line, which could shape up to be one of the best in the league. The obvious Two players that we know are going to see a lot of snaps are Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. After all, it’s thanks to Ninkovich’s crucial 3rd down and seven sack on Russell Wilson to stop...
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

15 players on the New England Patriots offense roster bubble heading into training camp

With under two weeks until training camp starts in Foxboro, MA, the New England Patriots will be readying to defend their Super Bowl Championship. While the teams’ stars will garner much of the usual attention, there are compelling battles that will go on throughout training camp and the preseason as players not in the limelight fight for a coveted spot on the 53-man roster. AROUND...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Compromise Secondary for Dominant Front 7

eattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) and defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) in the second quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports After a 2013-14 free agent spending spree that resulted in landing the likes of Darrelle Revis and...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Ninkovich Sends Message To Haters At Patriots’ Ring Party (Photo)

There are plenty of people who hate the New England Patriots, but Rob Ninkovich doesn’t care too much for them. The defensive end posed with the Patriots’ latest Lombardi Trophy at their Super Bowl ring party Sunday, and he said what many New England fans were thinking after Deflategate without saying anything at all. Just don’t show your kids what he said. World Champs!...
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots D-Line working with ex-Navy Seal

Patriots.comThe New England Patriots are exploring new ways for their defensive lineman to gain more experience with hand fighting, which they will have to do to keep offensive lineman from getting into their body. Dont’a Hightower, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Dominique Easley and others were seen practicing last week with former Navy SEAL Dom Raso, who runs the Dynamis...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady declines to speak at Best Buddies Football Challenge

BOSTON — It was business as usual for Tom Brady on Friday, save for one usual task. The New England Patriots signal-caller participated in organized team activities during the afternoon then took a trip up to Harvard Stadium to quarterback for both teams in the Best Buddies Football Challenge. Brady typically speaks to the media at halftime of the charity event but declined to...
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich: ‘We All Support’ Tom Brady In Deflategate

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Tom Brady’s corner remains full of New England Patriots. While Brady could miss four games next season because of a suspension stemming from Deflategate, the Super Bowl champions are sticking by their quarterback through thick and thin. Linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who hosted a ping-pong charity event Monday at Blazing...
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Ninkovich: I ‘Almost Lost It’ Over Brandon Spikes’ Patriots Return

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Cue the Peaches & Herb. Brandon Spikes and the New England Patriots are reunited. And it feels so good to linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who was thrilled to learn Monday the Patriots signed Spikes to a one-year contract. “I’m excited for that,” Ninkovich said Monday at his “Ninko’s Ping Pong Challenge...
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick to rookies: Only the ‘strong will survive’

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports After seven rounds, the 2015 NFL Draft came to a close on Saturday.  Now the real work begins for the 224 drafted players and several hundred other undrafted players as they prepare for life in the NFL. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke about the next biggest challenge for all of the rookie players. “The biggest challenge for all...
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May 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty on Patriots secondary: ‘I’d be lying if I told you we were gonna be great’

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots will be without Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, their top two corners from their fourth Super Bowl-winning season, in 2015.  Defensive back Devin McCourty doesn’t know what to expect from the secondary this season. “I’d be lying if I came out here and told you we were gonna be great,” he said. “Same thing last...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Reloading The Musket - Part 4: Patriots Looking For Pass Rush Depth To Step Up

Sheard is a relentless strong-side pass rusher that could spell Ninkovich, or even bump him to outside linebackerMost folks who follow football will be familiar with the name Whitney Mercilus.No, the relentless edge rusher for the Houston Texans hasn't popped up in any rumored connections with the New England Patriots - though their starry-eyed fans are always on the lookout for...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Ninkovich looking to finally break past number eight

If only he could get past that pesky snowman. And we're not talking about a number on his golf scorecard. Tenth-year defensive end Rob Ninkovich has a goal this year: break past the sack number that... [Click headline for full story]
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich: ‘It’s time to hit the reset button’

New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said winning the Super Bowl “was awesome,” but now it’s time to focus on 2015. Ninkovich spoke with Phil Perry of on what it’s like to go through an offseason as a defending champion. “I’ve always been really close, but it’s awesome to have been able to do that,” he said. “Now it’s time to hit the...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Rob Ninkovich’s Contract Adjusted, Increased By Patriots

Rob Ninkovich earned a pay raise. The New England Patriots’ starting left defensive end was set to earn $2.45 million in 2015, and now his salary has been increased to $5 million with $4.5 million fully guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Caplan and Mike Reiss reported Wednesday. Ninkovich was scheduled to pull in a $2.1 million base salary with a $250,000 roster bonus and $100,000 workout...
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Restructure DE Rob Ninkovich’s Contract

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Patriots and DE Rob Ninkovich have agreed to a restructured contract on Wednesday. Ninkovich, 31, signed a  four-year, $15.04 million contract that included a $5 million signing bonus with the Patriots before the start of the 2013 season. He still had another two years remaining on the agreement, which includes ... The post Patriots Restructure...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots sign DE Jabaal Sheard

Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are a solid edge rusher duo, regardless of scheme, but they had no depth behind them in 2013, which is why they played 1142 and 1114 snaps respectively, 1st and 2nd among 4-3 defensive ends in snaps played respectively. The Patriots added Akeem Ayers for depth purposes in 2014 when Chandler Jones got hurt and he did well in that role, but he left...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the New England Patriots Still Have a Top Flight Defense?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write a defensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss each teams’ current...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Three Most Unsung Heroes of Super Bowl XLIX

Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Rob Ninkovich #50 and Dont’a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The performances of guys like Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and, yes, Malcolm Butler, will be remembered in Super Bowl...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: New England Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich Swallows Russell Wilson on Key Sack

After a really slow start the Seattle Seahawks offense got going late in the second quarter and kept it going in the second half. It got to a point where the New England Patriots really needed someone on the defensive side of the ball to make a play and stop Wilson and the Seattle offense.So Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich gave them one and practically swallowed Russell Wilson...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Report: Dominique Easley Absent; Rob Ninkovich Hurt Heel

FOXBORO, Mass. — Dominique Easley was healthy enough to play in the New England Patriots’ 23-14 win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday night but his knee still kept him out of practice. Easley and running back LeGarrette Blount were the lone Patriots players who didn’t participate in practice Wednesday. Blount’s absence wasn’t injury related. Blount met with a judge in...
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Collins, Patriots' defense dominate Chargers

Rob Ninkovich (50) and the New England defense treated Phillip Rivers very badly on Sunday night in San DiegoFor the second straight week, the New England Patriots' offense seemed to be stuck between second and third gears.  Lucky for them that their defense showed up.Big time.Linebacker Jamie Collins, wearing the green dot and calling the plays for the Patriots' defense in the...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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