Players with top special teams value

September, 10, 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.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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