Thursday, August 21, 2014
Patriots showing up on special teams
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the often-overlooked places to look when it comes to a player's value to a team is in the kicking game.
With this in mind, here are the New England Patriots players who showed up on more than two top units (kickoff return, kickoff coverage, punt return, punt coverage) in last Friday's preseason game against the Eagles:
Finally, it might be a case where the coaching staff wants to get an extended look at some players who might be closer to the bubble (such as Bequette and Fleming).
The biggest takeway from here is how Bolden, the third-year running back from Ole Miss, gives the Patriots plenty of "bonus plays" on coverage units. After what looked like a slow start to training camp for him that included a missed week of practice when the team was in Washington, his roster spot looks fairly secure.