Sergio's surge on special teams


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