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    Found some articles on the recently signed OLB.

    Versatility aids Ninkovich by Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Q&A with Patriots coach Bill Belichick from the Quincy Patriot Ledger

    Early camp observations by Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe

    Sounds to me like Ninkovich may simply be camp fodder, insurance against another injury, and will need to be a special teams standout if he is to make the team - and if the Pats do pick up Burgess he's gone.
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    Re: Rob Ninkovich

    I would say he'd need to play special teams, but i think he's a project. If he can make the transition to OLB in our system in a year or two they've got something.
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    Re: Rob Ninkovich

    Don't write off Ninkovick so fast. He had a good resume at Joliet
    Junior College and at Purdue as a pass rusher. He was drafted by
    New Orleans in the early 5th round in 2006. His chances of making
    the team depend on how fast he can convert from a defensive
    end to outside linebacker. He had a little of this in his brief stay
    with Miami.
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    Tully Banta-Cain got banged up this morning. Ninkovich may

    gets some extra reps to prove his worth.
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    If he was on the Miami PS then I assume that he is still PS eligible. So he can be developed over a season and not just this TC. Converting to a 3-4 OLB takes More than a year, but he started with the Phish so this is is really his second year at it. In 2010 he might be converted and ready,meanwhile there is the PS...
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    They switched to 3-4 his second year. NFL.com says one game zero stats. Hopefully they worked him at OLB in preseason.
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    Another article on the position, this one focusing on Pierre Woods:
    LB Woods ready to build on last season by Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle

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    One more article about the OLB position from yesterday; Guregian obviously would have preferred the Pats signed Burgess rather than Ninkovich.

    Patriots need pass rusher; willing but not Vrabel by Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald

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    Given that he transferred from Junior College and was areserve, two 8 sack years indicates pass rush ability. Hard to figure how much he ever worked at OLB, however.


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    Woods, in his fourth season out of Michigan, said his current spot on the depth chart does not afford him the luxury of slacking off.

    So he was slacking off when his position was lower on the depth chart? No wonder BB doesn't want his players talking to the media.
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    Sounds like it to me, too.
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    Yeah, that made me scratch my head for a second -- it's just a badly constructed sentence. Presumably it supposed to mean "he knows he can't start slacking off now just because he's made it to the top of the depth chart."
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    I think you're reading something there that just isn't there. Saying he can't slack off when he's penciled in as a started does not mean that he could slack off when he was penciled in as a backup or just trying to make the team. You've drawn a bad conclusion from an innocent statement.

    I think that says it all.
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    Quite right and as Pats fans it's easy for us to see that. This is a good example of why BB restricts players and coaches access to the media. It's too easy to say something that sounds off color. By the time stuff of this nature makes its way to ESPN, etc., it's all twisted around. Fortunately Woods is not a highly visible player in the NFL. I didn't draw a conclusion either as my statement finished with a question mark indicating I was seeking the opinions of others. It was just an odd way for Woods to end the interview.
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    I guess we all perceive things differently, patchick seemed to take it a little funny like you. I just read it as he meant it, just because you're not fighting for your roster spot doesn't mean you should fight any less.

    Personally I like Woods as a decent option. My concern is with Crable out, if Woods or Thomas gets hurt we are extraordinarily thin at OLB.
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    I agree we're thin in depth, but for all we know The Crab could scuttle out onto the practice field tomorrow.
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    I like Woods too. What he said was more of a distraction from the issues. (at least for me) We all interpret things a little differently.
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    If there had been any evidence of slacking off we'd have seen something from the camp reports - instead what I've read is Woods working on pass rush drills during the warm-up portion of practice...reading things like that last week help me gloss over things like this this week. :cool:
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    Maybe I'm looking for something to distract from the pup-pup-pup-pup-pup list. I'll try Scotch instead. :eat1:
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