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Core special teamers for Patriots

9/9/2013

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When constructing a 46-man game-day roster, special teams are a significant consideration.

Along those lines, here is a look at the Patriots players who appeared on two or more of the "Big 4" units (kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage, punt return) in the season opener:

Four units

LB Jamie Collins

LB Dane Fletcher

WR Matthew Slater

LB Chris White

S Tavon Wilson

Two units

CB Kyle Arrington

DE Michael Buchanan

CB Marquice Cole

FB James Develin

WR Julian Edelman

CB Logan Ryan

RB Shane Vereen

Of the group, the presence of White on all four units was notable. He had been projected as an inactive, which was obviously off the mark. Having claimed White on waivers Sept. 1, it is now clear that the team had special teams-based plans for him in the opener.