Special teams personnel, Week 4

October, 1, 2012
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A look at the players who showed up on multiple units within the "Big 4" on special teams -- punt coverage, punt return, kickoff coverage, kickoff return -- in Sunday's win over the Bills, which highlights their value on the 46-man game-day roster:

Four units
RB Brandon Bolden
LB Niko Koutouvides
WR Matthew Slater
LB Tracy White

Three units
CB Marquice Cole
S Nate Ebner
DE Trevor Scott
S Tavon Wilson

Two units
S Patrick Chung
CB Devin McCourty

ANALYSIS: In addition to his solid effort rushing, Brandon Bolden played on all four core units, which highlights how he's carved out a nice niche for himself. ... For the second week in a row, rookie safety Nate Ebner was replaced on the wing of the punt team, with Jerod Mayo the new addition. ... The punt team was a bright spot in the performance, pinning the Bills in deep twice in the first half, with gunners Matthew Slater and Marquice Cole nicely executing.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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