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Special teams and the 'Big 4'

When putting together a 46-man game-day roster, special teams are often a significant consideration. A player who contributes in multiple areas on special teams could be seen as more valuable than a skill-position backup who doesn't.

With this in mind, here is a look at the players who appeared on multiple special teams units -- kickoff return, kickoff coverage, punt return, punt coverage -- in the Patriots' 27-24 win over the Dolphins:

Four units

Niko Koutouvides

Tracy White

Three units

Sergio Brown

Julian Edelman

Matthew Slater

Ross Ventrone

Danny Woodhead

Two units

Kyle Arrington

Dane Fletcher

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Devin McCourty

Antwaun Molden

Rob Ninkovich