It's true every year that there are players whose chance of making the roster depends on their special-teams contributions. But this year it seems clear that there are more fierce roster battles, at more positions, than usual. Mike Reiss, in his Patriots blog - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com recent 53-man roster projection of August 16, leaves Lenon, Alexander, and Williams all off the roster in the LB section, stating "Lenon, Alexander and Williams all on the bubble and special teams impact could help their case." Reiss also comments about Slater: "Slater figures to be on roster, but tough to fit him in this projection with so many offensive skill-position players" --- and Reiss leaves him off the roster. Then think about the depth at TE, at RB, and on it goes. By the time this process sorts itself out, won't we automatically be loaded with special-teams talent?