A niche for Ninkovich

He appealed to the Patriots, though, because they were looking for someone who could do a variety of things. A contributor initially on special teams, Ninkovich has steadily been asked to do more. Over time, he has become invaluable, playing more snaps on defense this year (980, according to ProFootballFocus.com) than any Patriot not named Wilfork, Arrington, or McCourty.

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