When Bill Belichick increased the playing time of Rob Ninkovich last season over Adalius Thomas some on this board were unhappy with the decision. When the season concluded, Pro Football Focus reported that besides TBC, Rob Ninkovich was the only other player on the entire Patriots defense with a "plus/green" rating against both the run and the pass. Two weeks ago SMY of the Boston Globe reported that, in her opinion, Rob Ninkovich was the opening day starter at OLB. This morning Mike Reiss brings us this article: New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston After recently watching film of Ninkovich, Reiss was impressed with what he saw. Yet there remains a strong disconnect on this board with regards to Ninkovich's value to the Patriots. Many posters have speculated that Ninkovich is on the bubble for the 53 man roster. We may be underestimating Rob Ninkovich.