Sergio's surge on special teams

August, 30, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Third-year player Sergio Brown is no longer a factor on the safety depth chart, but he showed Wednesday night that he can still be a factor on special teams.

Brown led the Patriots with three special teams tackles in the team's 6-3 loss to the Giants in the preseason finale. Defensive back Malcolm Williams (2 tackles, big block on a punt) was also a presence on fourth down.

With the understanding that the Patriots rested many of their top players in the preseason finale, here is the list of players who showed up on multiple units within the "Big 4" -- kickoff return, kickoff coverage, punt return, punt coverage (units charted were first on the field):

Four units
DB Malcolm Williams

Three units
RB Brandon Bolden
S Sergio Brown
LB Jeff Tarpinian

Two units
LB Bobby Carpenter
KR/PR Jeff Demps
CB Ras-I Dowling
S Nate Ebner
WR Jesse Holley
S James Ihedigbo
LB Niko Koutouvides
DE Trevor Scott
CB Derrick Martin
S Tavon Wilson

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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