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Players with top special teams value

9/17/2012

NASHVILLE -- A look at the players who in the season-opener showed up on multiple units within the "Big 4" on special teams -- kickoff return, kickoff coverage, punt return, punt coverage -- which highlights their value on the roster:

Four units

RB Brandon Bolden

S Nate Ebner

LB Mike Rivera

WR Matthew Slater

LB Tracy White

Three units

CB Marquice Cole

S Tavon Wilson

Two units

S Patrick Chung

CB Devin McCourty

DE Trevor Scott

EXTRA POINTS: Nate Ebner led the team with two special teams tackles. Tracy White and Stephen Gostkowski had one apiece. ... Recently signed fullback Lex Hilliard played on the front line on the kickoff return unit. ... Devin McCourty was the primary kickoff returner, replacing Danny Woodhead in that role.