A lot has been discussed about the offense and defense and the potential (good and bad) of both. But what about the special teams units this year? I think we have a chance to be much improved in almost every area of ST in 2010: Kick return: We seem to have a pair of explosive returners in Tate and McCourty. I expect Tate to get the bulk of the chances, as he seems to have a bit more top end potential, and our lack of depth at corner makes me hesitant to use McCourty. Either way, these two are worlds better than the combination of Maroney, Slater, etc we used last year. Punt return: This should be status quo at least. We can still use Welker if need be (hopefully not, at least early), and Faulk is solid. When Edelman is healthy, he can be a dynamic return option as well. Kick coverage: We brought in players that apparently made Aiken (one of our top kick coverage guys I think) expendable. In the preseason, I can only remember one kick return that we let get past the 30 (the Saints return TD in the first game). Combine it with Gost's touchbacks and our defense should have a long field to work with most times in this situation (which will go a long way to minimizing their inexperience). Punt coverage: I think this showed some concern in preseason, especially in the last two games. However, I think most of our problems (outside of an occasional Mesko shank), were on longer punt situations, where our coverage just didn't seem to get down the field in time. When punting on a shorter field, we showed good ability to down the ball inside the 10. Good news for us, between this offense's ability to move the ball, and the kick/punt return production improving, I'm guessing most of our punts are going to be short yardage punts, playing to our strength there. An often underlooked area of the game, our ST's could be top ten this year.