Rob Ninkovich on 'best corner in the league'

April, 8, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Count defensive end Rob Ninkovich among those excited about the New England Patriots’ signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis.

“We got the best corner in the league coming in,” he said. “That’s always a good thing for a defensive end like myself, just give me a little bit more time [with tight coverage] and I’ll be happy to use that.”

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Like others, Ninkovich said he was surprised that Revis landed in New England, as he can change the complexion of a defense.

“You can do whatever you want with him,” he said. “You can put him on the best receiver, tight end, whoever, and say ‘Hey, go cover this guy and he can do it.’ Whenever you have a guy that talented, it’s always great as far as defensive schemes and stuff like that.”

Ninkovich said he has yet to catch up with Revis, but looks forward to it when more players arrive for the voluntary offseason program which begins the week of April 21.

“As you get older in this league, I just want to win. Other places, where you’re not winning, that’s very stressful. I don’t want to speak for him, but I’m sure his experience down south wasn’t fun, to lose, and I’m sure he’s excited to come and try to win some football games,” he said.

Ninkovich drew a crowd of 16 reporters at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, which highlights how media interest in the team is high on a year-round basis.

He answered questions for more than 15 minutes, arriving in shorts and a t-shirt as he had been working out. As the wind cut through the stadium, where new synthetic grass has been installed, Ninkovich joked that he was cold and should have been in a sweatshirt.

He’s been working out with linebacker Jerod Mayo, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve after tearing his pectoral muscle Oct. 13 against the New Orleans Saints.

“Me and Mayo are in there, he’s a pretty explosive guy, so I try to keep up with [him],” he said. “He’s looking good right now. I’ve been training with him for a long time, and it’s always good to have somebody to push you and make you better.”

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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