Tackles: Slater on special teams

November, 16, 2011
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A look at the weekly Patriots tackle leaderboard (as credited by the coaching staff):

Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesMatthew Slater is thriving on coverage units.
Defense
S Patrick Chung -- 60 (38 solo/22 assisted)
CB Devin McCourty -- 58 (43 solo/15)
LB Brandon Spikes -- 48 (35/13)
LB Jerod Mayo -- 44 (31/13)
DL Vince Wilfork -- 42 (21/21)
CB Kyle Arrington -- 41 (24/17)
DE Andre Carter -- 41 (27/14)
LB Gary Guyton -- 36 (25/11)
S James Ihedigbo -- 36 (25/11)
OLB Rob Ninkovich – 33 (20/13)
DL Kyle Love -- 29 (20/9)

Special teams
WR Matthew Slater -- 11 (10/1)
LB Tracy White -- 9 (7/2)
LB Jeff Tarpinian -- 8 (5/3)
CB Kyle Arrington -- 7 (4/3)
CB Antwuan Molden – 6 (4/2)
Three tied with 4

QUICK HITS: Matthew Slater had a big day on special teams vs. the Jets to break a first-place tie with Tracy White. The duo was 1-2 last year as well. ... Andre Carter's nine sacks and 16 quarterback hits lead the team. When it comes to quarterback hits, it's Carter then Mark Anderson (7). ... Kyle Arrington picked up another pass defended, upping his team-high total to 8. ... Rookie free-agent linebacker Jeff Tarpinian was credited with four tackles Sunday (3 solo, 1 assist).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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