FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With roster cutdowns coming across the NFL this week, one area that can sometimes provide insight as to how a club values a player is special teams.
With this in mind, here were the Patriots' players showing up on more than two of the core units (kickoff coverage, punt coverage) in Friday night's win over the Panthers:
LB Chris White
This breakdown highlights how a player like Wilson -- the 2012 second-round pick from Illinois -- has value to the team in the kicking game. In the preseason opener, he was on two of the core units (we didn't account for the punt return, as there was just one and it came late in the third quarter).
The Patriots have more depth in the defensive backfield than they've had in recent seasons, and how that could affect a player like Wilson remains to be seen. But specific to the kicking game, Wilson has helped the Patriots and would project to do so again in 2014 if he makes the roster.