Looking closer at special teams


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the preseason, a player participating on all of the “big four” special teams units -- kickoff coverage, kick return, punt coverage and punt return -- is typically a good indication of how a player is valued by a team. Here are the players participating on either three or all four of these units Thursday night, keeping in mind that usual special teamers Kyle Arrington, Eric Alexander, Matt Slater and Bret Lockett did not dress for the game.

All four units

WR Sam Aiken

LB Rob Ninkovich

Three units

S Brandon McGowan

LB Pierre Woods

CB Devin McCourty

S Sergio Brown