Posts Tagged ‘Rob Ninkovich’

Not All Is Lost: Revisiting Patriots’ Preseason Week 3 Loss to Lions

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Patriots’ one-sided loss to the Lions was not without memorable glimpses. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Preseason or regular season, losing by 31 points is unacceptable for an NFL team. And following the Aug. 22 shellacking by way of the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reinforced that notion.

“We just have to get back to work and do better than that in every area of the game,” said Belichick in a next-day conference call. “I don’t think there’s anything different than what the picture was last night. There were a few good individual plays here and there but overall just, we can’t play like that and expect to do well against a good team.”

The Patriots were beaten in all three phases of the game during the 40-9 defeat last Thursday night. New England’s offense turned the ball over four times and went 5-for-16 on third- and fourth-down opportunities. The offensive line was beat physically and mentally, allowing two quarterback sacks, 15 hurries and an abysmal 68 rushing yards. And the defense – which was put in a tough spot early – broke down once the second- and third-teamers filtered in, conceding 24 second-half points.

The squad’s effort was certainly not enough, but not all was lost in the end result. (more…)


2012 New England Patriots: Versatility Helps Build Depth

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Rob Ninkovich’s ability to play at a starting level at two positions will help the Patriots depth immensely. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

If there’s one thing Bill Belichick has proven over the years, it’s that if you aren’t going to be a star on the New England Patriots, you better damn be versatile.

Last year, Belichick may have gone over the edge with his love for versatility lining Julian Edelman up at cornerback, Matthew Slater at safety, Logan Mankins at left tackle, Nate Solder at tight end and more.

This year, the Patriots have acquired even more versatile players, and I’ll try to break down all of the positions they can play here. I avoided using players whose versatility is limited to non-return special teams, and also players who just play multiple versions of the same position.

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Patriots Training Camp: 15 Things that Stood out on Sunday

Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Training Camp Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski has had better days. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Contributor

In what was a little bit of a surprise, the Patriots were back in full pads for the second straight day. With a day off coming on Monday, Coach Belichick decided to put his players through the most physical practice to date.

Who was out on the field and what stood out on Sunday? Continue reading to see what went down at Gillette on Sunday.

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2012 Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Can Brandon Spike stay healthy for an entire season?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Training camp starts on Thursday and we begin to wind down our positional previews by taking a look at the linebackers on the current roster.

The Patriots have assembled a talented and young linebacker unit, mainly using high draft picks on the position. With roster spots limited, the linebackers along with the defensive backs, will be the toughest position to cut down.

Who will make the final 53 and will any surprise cuts occur?

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Patriots vs Broncos: Six Keys to a Playoff Victory

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Rob Ninkovich Patriots Broncos

Rob Ninkovich was a key part of stopping the Broncos offense cold.

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

All season we’ve waited for the Patriots to put it all together and play their best for sixty minutes, on Saturday night, we finally saw it.

Somehow, the game was even more dominant than the 45-10 score makes it seem. As Ty Law said on Comcast Sports Net, the Patriots made the Broncos look like a college team.

Before we get into next week’s much tougher matchup against the Ravens, here are my six keys to Saturday’s victory:

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The Aftermath: Patriots vs Dolphins

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Patriots at Dolphins

Brandon Tate kicked off the 2nd-half special-teams scoring barrage with an 103-yard kickoff return for a TD.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jerry F

The New England Patriots heard it all week. 82 points allowed in the first three games of the 2010 season, the most points allowed by any Patriots defense since Bill Belichick came to new England in 2000. Tom Brady and the high octane offense will have to keep putting up 30 points every game if the Patriots plan on winning games.

The Patriots had something else in mind.

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Derrick Burgess Contemplates Retirement

Friday, July 30th, 2010

When outside-linebacker Derrick Burgess re-signed with New England this may, the Patriots assured themselves of a veteran presence to hold down the OLB fort opposite Tully Banta-Cain until rookie Jermaine Cunningham was able to take over the reigns. Or so they thought.

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