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  1. crowell33

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    If that question was asked this morning, Sam Aiken, Eric Alexander, Pierre Woods, and Sergio Brown would have been (4) of the top answers.
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    Here's 4:

    Arrington, Murrell, Slater, White
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    BJGE and Nink. make 5 and 6.
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    I completely missed that Slater made the team. Kind of surprised on that one. He'll mostly be used on special teams, but not as a return man anymore, with Tate probably taking over the kick return duties.
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    I was a little surprised slater made it, I thought he was a bubble guy and after missing the whole preseason I thought he would be gone.
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    Players who make their living on Special Teams:

    Obvious: Mesko, Ghostkowski, Ingram

    Kick Returners: Tate, Price, Edelman, Slater, Maroney, McCourty, Wheatley

    Punt Returners: Welker, Tate, Edelman, Price

    Coverage: Murrell, Fletcher, White, Wendell, Gronkowski, Crumpler, Chung, Sanders, Page, BJGE, Guyton, Ninkovich

    Gunners: Arringtron, Wheatley, Slater, McCourty, Price, Chung

    Personal Protector: Patrick Chung
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    Here are the special teams units (from Reiss) from the giants game (Arrington and Slater where not playing):

    Punt Coverage
    P Zoltan Mesko
    LS Jake Ingram
    S Pat Chung
    RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    S Sergio Brown (CUT)
    S Ross Ventrone (CUT)
    LB Marques Murrell
    LB Gary Guyton
    LB Eric Alexander (CUT)
    LB Brandon Spikes
    LB Pierre Woods (CUT)

    You could replace Brown & Ventrone with Arrington & Slater, replace Alexander & Woods with White/Fletcher/McKenzie/Ninkovich


    Punt Return
    RB Kevin Faulk/WR Brandon Tate (2 different returners)
    CB Darius Butler
    CB Devin McCourty
    S Sergio Brown (CUT)
    S Pat Chung
    RB Sammy Morris
    S James Sanders
    LB Dane Fletcher
    LB Tyrone McKenzie
    LB Marques Murrell
    WR Sam Aiken (CUT)

    You could replace Brown & Aiken with Arrington/Slater/Page (not sure what he's like on special teams)

    Kickoff Coverage
    K Stephen Gostkowski
    LB Brandon Spikes
    S Brandon Meriweather
    LB Tyrone McKenzie
    RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    LB Rob Ninkovich
    S James Sanders
    CB Devin McCourty
    WR Sam Aiken (CUT)
    S Sergio Brown (CUT)
    LB Gary Guyton

    You could replace Brown & Aiken with Arrington/Slater/Page (not sure what he's like on special teams)

    Kick Return
    WR Taylor Price
    RB Thomas Clayton (CUT)
    OL Dan Connolly
    TE Rob Gronkowski
    TE Alge Crumpler
    LB Rob Ninkovich
    LB Thomas Williams (CUT)
    LB Eric Alexander (CUT)
    S Sergio Brown (CUT)
    LB Marques Murrell
    WR Sam Aiken (CUT)

    Replace Clayton with any returner
    Replace Brown & Aiken with Arrington/Slater/Page
    replace Alexander & Williams with White/Fletcher/McKenzie

    So there are plenty of guy's who can play special teams.
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    Good list Patsfan1973.


    Other options include Guyton and Ninkovich, they've spent a lot of time there previously. And even though they played little or no S/T this preseason, McKenzie, Mayo and Cunningham could see some time on S/T if needed later this season too, though I doubt that will happen.
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    Thanks.. I had actually forgotten Guyton, Ninkovich and Arrington from my list.. I've now updated it.
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    Have to say that I'm stunned with the Aiken cut and a surprised with the Woods cut. More so with these 2 guys than with Burgess or Lewis.

    Anyway, I think Slater and Arrington are clearly the 2 ST aces and White is probably intended to be a third. The other 2 guys who are very good on ST are Chung and McCourty, but I'm kind of feeling like I'd rather not see these 2 guys on ST due to risk of injury and losing them from the D - especially McCourty.
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    There are plenty of guys to make plays..I totally agree there...WHO though will have Aiken's expertise of all the special teams?? I am talking about what Izzo did as well....one who can lead, has experience and will devote time to that???? That is what I see as missing now. It's great to have a lot of quick young players BUT??? Special teams needs as much vet leadership..at least from ONE.
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    Tracy White could be this guy.. He's got 6 years in the league doing primarily STs, though he was pressed into action as a Coverage LB last season for the Eagles..
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    That is possible..and I HOPE he sticks...Having looked at threads many want him cut and gone. IF he is the guy for that ST vet leadership, THAT would be a big plus.
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    I can just see O'Brien... "Very funny guys, I miss one meeting and you guys pull a prank... ha.ha.ha"
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