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Special teams: Gostkowski gets it done

1/23/2012

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the Patriots players who appeared on multiple special teams units -- kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage, punt return -- which adds to their value on the 46-man game-day roster:

Four units

Sergio Brown

Niko Koutouvides

Matthew Slater

Three units

Dane Fletcher

Tracy White

Malcolm Williams

Two units

Patrick Chung

Julian Edelman

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

James Ihedigbo

Antwaun Molden

Rob Ninkovich

NOTES: Because of kicker Stephen Gostkowski's strong leg on kickoffs, coverage wasn't a big factor. On six kickoffs, he had five touchbacks. Zoltan Mesko only punted twice, so the Patriots' coverage teams weren't tested much. ... Units charted were the first to take the field. Personnel can sometimes vary based on a situation, such as Vince Wilfork playing on the punt return unit, at the line of scrimmage, perhaps if the team was anticipating a possible fake.