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Friday, September 13, 2013
Core special teamers for Patriots

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When constructing a 46-man game-day roster, special teams are a significant consideration.

Along those lines, here is a look at the New England Patriots players who appeared on two or more of the "Big 4" units (kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage, punt return) in Thursday's 13-10 win against the New York Jets, which reflects their value in the eyes of the coaching staff:

Four units
LB Jamie Collins
LB Dane Fletcher
WR Matthew Slater
LB Chris White
S Tavon Wilson

Three units
S Nate Ebner

Two units
CB Kyle Arrington
CB Marquice Cole
FB James Develin
CB Logan Ryan