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Rob Ninkovich

33-Year-Old Defensive End – Free Agent

2016 Defensive Stats

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2017 Defensive Projections

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2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Ninkovich missed four games to start the 2016 season after testing positive for a banned substance. Upon his return, the versatile defender re-established a degree of IDP utility in deeper formats, by...

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2017 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  

HT: 6' 2"   WT: 260   DOB: 2/1/1984  College: Purdue  DRAFTED: 5th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Rob Ninkovich Contract Information:

Signed a two-year contract extension in September of 2011.

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Ninkovich announced his retirement Sunday, the Patriots' official site reports.

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Rob Ninkovich NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2010 26 NE 16 53 38 15 4 3 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
2011 27 NE 16 73 42 31 6.5 4 2 1 1 3 10 0 0 0
2012 28 NE 16 58 32 26 8 1 0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0
2013 29 NE 16 91 42 49 8 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
2014 30 NE 16 62 45 17 8 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2015 31 NE 16 52 33 19 6.5 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2016 32 NE 12 32 17 15 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Rob Ninkovich – Playing Time Overview

Depth Chart Status

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Snap Count Stats

461

Defensive Snaps in 2016

Rob Ninkovich was on the field for 461 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.

51

Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Rob Ninkovich was on the field for 51 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 1021 78
2015 891 104
2016 461 51
Rob Ninkovich 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @Ari
2 Mia
3 Hou
4 Buf
5 @Cle 24 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Cin 46 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @Pit 56 6 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Buf 62 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 BYE Bye Week
10 Sea 46 6 6 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 @SF 41 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
12 @NYJ 32 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 LA 29 4 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Bal 35 7 4 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Den 35 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 NYJ 27 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 @Mia 28 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Rob Ninkovich
As Compared To Other Defensive Ends
Height:   6' 2"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   260 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.91 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.18 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.96 sec
ELITE
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   35 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   116 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   23 reps
AVERAGE

Rob Ninkovich: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ninkovich finished the 2016 regular season with 32 tackles and four sacks over the course of 12 games.

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Ninkovich was on the field for 46 of 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Bengals, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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Ninkovich was on the field for 24 of the Patriots' 63 snaps on defense in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Browns, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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The Patriots officially activated Ninkovich from the suspended list in advance of Sunday's game against the Browns, the Boston Herald reports.

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Ninkovich has returned to practice after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, the Boston Herald reports.

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Ninkovich, who had been dealing with a triceps injury and is eligible to return from suspension this week, is reportedly healthy enough to play, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

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The Patriots have signed Ninkovich (suspension) to a one-year contract extension, NFL.com reports.

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2016

Ninkovich saw his snap count drop from 1,021 in 2014 to 891 last year, but he could push for a four-digit play count again in 2016 now that Chandler Jones is in Arizona. If that occurs, DL1 status would almost certainly await him. The versatile 12-year veteran is one of Bill Belichick's most trusted henchmen, starting 16 games in each of the last five years and standing out as one of the top defensive line IDPs all the while. His age is a concern for his per-snap production, but tackles always came easy to Ninkovich, and Jones' departure should ensure a leading role on the line.

2015

Always one of the league's busiest and most durable players, Ninkovich logged more than 1,000 snaps for the second time in three years last season in his fifth consecutive 16-game campaign. It was also his third straight season with eight sacks. Now 31, Ninkovich could see his workload scaled back this year, especially with Jerod Mayo, Chandler Jones and Dominique Easley expected at full strength after missing time last year to injuries. The arrival of DE Jabaal Sheard for depth is another concern. The closer Ninkovich gets to 1,000 snaps, the more of a fantasy steal he will be.

2014

Ninkovich is New England's most experienced and reliable edge defender, providing end looks in the 4-3 while adding linebacker versatility in 3-4 fronts. That means he rarely leaves the field, and when he's on the field he is New England's best threat to find ballcarriers. He finished the 2013 season with 91 tackles and eight sacks elite numbers by any standard although the tackle tally was inflated by an improbable 49 assists. That assist total will likely dip in 2014, especially with the addition of first-round DT/DE Dominique Easley, but Ninkovich should still retain DL1 value in some formats. That's especially true if DE Chandler Jones should suffer an injury the Patriots remain rather thin at the end position. Jones has only stayed healthy in one of the last three years, while Ninkovich hasn't missed a game since 2009.

2013

The addition of second-round pick and pass rusher Jamie Collins is a concern for Ninkovich, but Collins could still be a year away from eating into Ninkovich's snap count, especially on first and second downs. Ninkovich has carved out a nice role as a DE/LB tweener with the Patriots, posting 131 tackles and 14.5 sacks the last two years. Expect more of the same with the more dynamic Collins likely serving as injury insurance for Chandler Jones in Year 1.

2012

The versatile Ninkovich is listed as a linebacker by the Patriots' PR department, but he has a good shot to end up starting at left defensive end for the team. He racked up 74 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season, so there sneaky IDP value to be had here if he ends up with DL eligibility.

2011

Quietly racked up 62 tackles, four sacks and two picks last season. He'll remain in the Pats' strong-side linebacker mix and is worth a look in deeper leagues.

2010

In the Patriots' outside linebacker mix, Ninkovich should easily eclipse his 2009 total of 23 tackles if he can carve out a steady role.