Top Five New England Patriots Players Through Week Three

3 of 6

Sep 7, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) recovers the blocked punt against New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

4. Rob Ninkovich

Ninkovich saw his role decreased in the season opener, but the coaching staff have figured out that number 50 is extremely important to this defense, and he has been on the field for the majority of the defensive snaps ever since. Ninkovich is at his best when setting the edge against the run, and making key plays in the backfield. His leadership is also something that is severely underrated, as he is one of the most respected players on that defense.

He is also very good in rushing the passer, and while he doesn’t have the crazy numbers of some of the higher-paid guys, picking up one sack, and two quarterback hurries through three games is pretty good. Especially considering he wasn’t really set free to go after the quarterback last week against Derek Carr. Look for Ninkovich to continue to make a positive impact for this defense as the year progresses.