Belichick prepares Patriots players with surprise quizzes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Quick. Who are all the tight ends on the Buffalo Bills? In his first week with the Patriots in 2009, Rob Ninkovich was stumped when Bill Belichick surprised him with that question. ''Afterward, he came up to me and he said, `You should also know their shoe size,''' the defensive end said. ''So from then on I made sure I knew every single tight end. Couldn...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: AFC Championship Game vs. Patriots

You and I both know what happened in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. The Colts lost. Badly. Again. And the Patriots were using deflated footballs. Instead of belaboring the same old points about the offense’s ineptitude, the coaches’ ineptitude, the defense’s ineptitude and Roger Goodell’s ineptitude, I’m going to do what I do best: focus all of my attention on an...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vince Wilfork pulls driver out from overturned SUV Driving home after the New England Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game, Vince Wilfork came upon an overturned SUV and pulled the driver out of the vehicle. Massachusetts State Police: At 12:45 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to reports of a vehicle rolled over on Route 1 in the town of Foxboro...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Decreased Pass Rush Among Takeaways From Loss To Bills

Maybe it was his lengthy visit with trainers, but Bill Belichick sounded surprisingly upbeat after falling to the Buffalo Bills at home for the first time since 2000. It’s tough to draw too many conclusions from the New England Patriots’ 17-9 loss to the Bills, since they sat seven starters and rested more for the second half, and perhaps Belichick knows that. The Patriots...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Chandler Jones: Akeem Ayers And I Could Be ‘Dangerous’ For Patriots

The New England Patriots suddenly find themselves with an excess in pass-rush help, which is the best kind of problem to have for an NFL team. Chandler Jones returned from a hip injury Sunday and immediately contributed with 1.5 of the Patriots’ four sacks in their 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins. Jones joins edge defenders Rob Ninkovich and Akeem Ayers to create an imposing...
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Ninkovich, others limited in practice today

Photo via Patriots.comESPNBoston's Mike Reiss reported that Rob Ninkovich was limited in practice today due to a heel injury. Dominique Easley and LeGarrette Blount were also missing today. DE Rob Ninkovich (heel) a new addition to Patriots' injury report. He was limited today.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 10, 2014Per @LeeSchechter, DL Dominique Easley (knee) & RB LeGarrette...
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December 10, 2014  |  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

Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots loss to the Packers?

The New England Patriots went into Green Bay on Sunday Night Football riding a seven-game winning streak. Today, they look forward to a road match-up in San Diego on Sunday afternoon trying to end a one-game losing streak. While the loss was not a meltdown of the proportion of week one in Miami or on Monday Night Football in week four at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs, the...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay attacks Patriots Flaws

Nelson scores before halftime. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Well the Green Bay Packers had some fortunate situations go their way, but they also were able to exploit a few flaws on the Patriots defense. In a close game at 26-21, the Packers and Patriots played a heavyweight title fight sort of game, trading punches until the end. Both defenses played well, and both offenses were...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Akeem Ayers, Rob Ninkovich Make Patriots’ Defense Tough To Predict

FOXBORO, Mass. –Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots’ defense did the impossible by confusing Peyton Manning two Sundays ago in their 43-21 drubbing of the Denver Broncos. It’s tough to imagine how a less experienced quarterback, like the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck, will fare against the Patriots’ defense. The Patriots spent most of their Week 9 defensive snaps...
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Defensive deception that got Manning

Nancy Lane/Boston HeraldPeyton Manning looked confused at times against the Patriots defense. The biggest example would be the first interception Manning threw, which Rob Ninkovich was on the right end of for New England. I suggested that when it happened that Ninkovich used the "Hey, I'm on your team!" trick because Peyton and his intended target, Demaryius Thomas, looked so out...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Grade Day: Who shined in the New England Patriots win over the Broncos?

The New England Patriots turned in a stellar performance Sunday afternoon against the Denver Broncos. In a cold and windy Gillette Stadium, with the unseasonal snow already ended, the Patriots gave the Broncos a blast of aggressive play on both sides of the ball. The Patriots jumped out to a 27-7 lead at the half as quarterback Tom Brady threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Julian...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Akeem Ayers, Alan Branch Will Help Patriots’ Run Defense At A Major Cost

The New England Patriots made the 2014 version of Chris Johnson look like vintage CJ2K just six short days ago, but after a major injury and two savvy acquisitions, their ability to stop the run might be the defense’s strength. Over the last week, the Patriots placed Jerod Mayo on injured reserve, gave up 218 rushing yards to the New York Jets and reportedly lost Chandler Jones...
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Defense lays foundation for offensive dominance against Bills

Another Sunday, another strong win by the Patriots. Okay, so it hasn't exactly been business as usual through the first few weeks of the season, but it is certainly beginning to look like it now. Two consecutive wins over two good teams is nothing to complain about. Earlier I had been preparing to write about a battle of two top 5 defenses in a grind-it-out divisional matchup. Then...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots-Raiders Game Sealed With A Vince Wilfork Interception

The Raiders were threatening to tie the game up as they marched on the Patriots with less than a minute to go, down seven. Derek Carr found a wide open Denarius Moore but Moore started to look for defenders before he secured the ball. After being sandwiched by Rob Ninkovich and Logan Ryan, the football bounced like a ping-pong ball into the waiting arms of Vince Wilfork. Defensive...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Defense Lives Up To Elite Potential As Big-Play, Aggressive Unit

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Maybe the New England Patriots’ defense can be “elite,” after all. The Patriots’ lived up their potential in Sunday’s 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, but they still have room to grow. The dominant defensive performance came against a team without its best player and with Matt Cassel at the helm, but they forced four turnovers, recorded...
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Practice Report: Jamie Collins Absent, Sunday’s Status In Question

FOXBORO, Mass. — Jamie Collins’ status for Sunday’s New England Patriots-Minnesota Vikings game is in question after he missed practice Friday with a thigh injury. The Patriots already were shallow at linebacker before Collins’ injury, and if he misses Sunday’s game, it could force Rob Ninkovich to play linebacker rather than edge rusher. It also could force Dominique Easley...
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots banged up or injured? Darrelle Revis, Rob Ninkovich and Sebastian Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer avoided a major injury (Jim Davis - Boston Globe)During Sunday's egregious loss to the Miami Dolphins, several players had issues in regards to their health. Darrelle Revis experienced cramps, missing the last two defensive drives. Sebastian Vollmer was taken out for a drive after being slow to get up. The most severe may have been Rob Ninkovich though, where the...
Via Patriots Life
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Diminished role for Rob Ninkovich?

As a Patriots fan, I was completely humbled by Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. When I return back to Florida, I am sure that I will hear it from the fans down there. However, I will keep my head high and know that the Pats will not play like this again. After the devastating loss, I wasn't the only person humbled after yesterday's game. Rob Ninkovich, the Patriots...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Ninkovich Sees Diminished Role In Patriots’ Week 1 Loss

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Rob Ninkovich missed just 52 total defensive snaps for the New England Patriots in 2013. He was on the bench for nearly that many plays in the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. It was shocking to see Ninkovich spend so much time traveling between the sideline and the field in the Patriots’ 33-20 season-opener loss. He was a borderline...
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ninkovich, Jones working on pass rush off the field

Jones and Ninkovich sack Peyton Manning. AP PhotoRushing the passer figures to be an important part of the Patriots defense this year. And two of the best guys for doing that on the Patriots roster would be Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. And, according to the Boston Herald, they're constantly working together to refine their game. And while they work on their game in practice...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' defense stifling, offense on point in blowout of Panthers

The entertainment value of a third preseason game derives it's attractiveness from the fact that, traditionally, the perceived starters from each team get the majority of playing time.  As a result, the quality of the play is usually more aesthetically pleasing compared to the choppy, practice-like feel of the first two.But unlike in preseasons past, the choppiness of Friday night...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

10 teams that will definitely miss the playoffs doesn’t include New England Patriots

Right now, everyone is feeling optimistic. Around the NFL, teams like their chances of making something special happen in 2014. In the ultimate wide-open league, where worst-to-first turnarounds are commonplace, virtually every franchise is convinced that this is their year. Of course, they all can’t be right. Only 12 of 32 teams will make the playoffs, meaning 20 franchises will...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Female Friday: Reliable Rob Ninkovich Has His Own Rock At Home

Rob Ninkovich is one of those quiet and steady players in the NFL. Coming off back to back eight sack seasons, the 30-year old defensive end is a steady presence for the Patriots and always seems to be making consistent stops. Here’s a little insight into how Ninkovich is always on such an even keel. Meet his wife, Paige Popich. The two have been together since Rob’s rookie season...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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