Barkevious Mingo impresses in Patriots debut

has been with the New England Patriots for just a week, but he impressed the team’s coaching staff in his first game action.

In Thursday night’s preseason finale — the only true test the former first-round pick would have to show off for his new coaches — Mingo flashed speed and hustle, earning six tackles, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits, a forced fumble that was wiped out by a penalty and aided in another forced fumble.

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“He lived in the facility for the last week,” said of after the game, via CSN New England. “He didn’t go back to Cleveland. He came from Tampa, where they were practicing with Carolina, came back (to Foxborough from Carolina) with us. Players had an off day, (but) he spent the whole day in the facility with the coaches going through material to get caught up.

“(He) showed a lot of commitment to try to pick up the new information, tried to understand what we were doing, watching the film of the games that we’ve played, understand the techniques and how we’re playing things and all that. He worked really hard, took a lot of plays in practice to get somewhat comfortable with what we’re doing. It’s obviously going to be a work in progress here. It’s only been a week. But, like I said, he’s smart, he learns well and he works hard so you can check all those boxes.”

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Belichick gave up a fifth-round pick to the for the right to give Mingo a second shot at an career. Given the price tag, it seemed logical Mingo would be given a roster spot to start the season — the Pats wouldn’t surrender a fifth-rounder for a one-week tryout. His play Thursday cements that belief. Belichick using the words “work in progress” reinforces the notion he intends to give time for wholesale jerseys that progress to happen.

Mingo still doesn’t have the size of a typical pass rusher, despite working with a bodybuilding granny all offseason. Yet his speed flashed Thursday night. If the Patriots can scheme ways to get Mingo off or around blocks, the 25-year-old still has the athleticism to make plays.

Perhaps it’s becoming cliché to say ‘if anyone can find a spot for him, it’s Belichick’ when there are also instances where a BB flyer didn’t work out (Terrance Knighton attempting a switch to a two-gap system this offseason, for instance). But for a player like Mingo who doesn’t fit any NFL position perfectly, Belichick’s creativity and flexibility might be a godsend for a young player needing a change of scenery.

New England Patriots Nike Women's Game JerseyThe Patriots’ pass-rushing depth was dealt a blow on Tuesday.

Defensive end Rob Ninkovich tore his triceps in Tuesday’s scrimmage versus the Saints, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the injury.

Although the muscle is torn, the tendon is not. That means Ninkovich will rehab the injury rather than undergo surgery, per Rapoport. The hope is that cheap NFL jerseys and the 11th-year veteran can return at some point in October.

A versatile defensive leader, Ninkovich led the Patriots’ front seven in snaps last season, recording 6.5 sacks and a career-high seven pass deflections. He has not only started all 80 regular-season games for New England over the past five seasons, but also boasts the third-longest streak of consecutive games played (102) among NFL defensive ends.

Along with Pro Bowlers jersey and , Ninkovich is one of just three players with at least 40 sacks and 350 tackles since 2010, per NFL research.

The Pats were counting on Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard to hold down starting duties after trading edge rusher Chandler Jones to the Cardinals in March. Now they will need reclamation project Chris Long and 2015 draft picks Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers to shoulder a heavier load early in the season.

The jerseys can’t count on a successful appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension, which was reinstated Monday for the first four games of the 2016 season.

Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, told NFL Network on Monday that Brady’s chances of being granted another appeal — and winning it — are low.

“I think Tom Brady’s first step might be to try to get a stay to try to get the suspension put on pause essentially while this continues to wind its way through the courts,” Feldman said. “But Tom Brady’s next step is to make an en banc appeal to ask the entire second circuit to hear that — those are very rarely granted. And even more rare is the Supreme Court to hear this case. So Tom Brady is almost out of chances. I think any chance he has left is very slim.”

Brady was originally suspended for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game after independent investigator Ted Wells found that it was “more probable than not” that the quarterback was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” regarding the deflation of Patriots footballs used in the January 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

The Patriots were also fined $1 million and forfeit a 2016 first-round draft pick and 2017 fourth-round selection for the offense.

New England will open the season with 2014 second-round pick under center versus the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills.

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