Patriots stalwart Rob Ninkovich is studying between the traces and doesn’t like what he’s listening to from Invoice Belichick.
Belichick spoke glowingly about 49ers tight finish George Kittle this week forward of New England’s matchup with the 49ers.
“Kittle is a good participant,” Belichick stated. “He does every part properly. I’d put him proper on the prime of the league there, interval. His capacity to run, catch, get open, after the catch, block, he does every part at a excessive degree. He’s nearly as good as anyone that I’ve coached or nearly as good as anyone that we’ve performed in opposition to.”
Ninkovich, a linebacker for the Patriots from 2009-16, noticed the remark as a shot at his former teammate Rob Gronkowski. After a mini-retirement, the Patriots traded Gronkowski to the Buccaneers this offseason to affix Tom Brady.
“I don’t get why he’s doing that,” Ninkovich told WEEI on Thursday. “It looks like a bit of shot. It looks like a bit of jab… I simply suppose it might be a slight little jab there, which appears a bit of pointless. However, Kittle is sweet. You possibly can’t argue with the truth that Kittle is the very best tight finish within the recreation proper now. I personally suppose he’s. He’s higher than [Travis] Kelce within the working recreation.
“He can block, he’s powerful. He has a bit of little bit of craziness to him the place if he’s going to get hit he’s going to leap up and scream a bit of bit. For me, I like him because the No. 1 tight finish within the league proper now. Finest ever? It’s nonetheless Gronk to me.”
After a sluggish begin in Tampa Bay, the 31-year-old Gronkowski broke out with 5 catches for 78 yards and a landing within the Buccaneers’ 38-10 rout of the Packers on Sunday.