fair enough Belichick keeps 7 or so people who are starters on the special teams and have minimal or no positional skills. A STO players is almost never cut because he didn't have positional skills. Last year we had 7 (reps at a position) Slater (0) Ebner (1) King (0) Humber (2) McClellan (8) Grigsby (28) Crossen (39) All of these had over 100 reps on ST's. All were on the team to play special teams. IMO, only Crossen was considered to have any potential as a position player. It is NOT the case that Belichick chooses players who are almost as good as the top STers he can get, with the idea that their positional value will be important. Belichick simply gets the best special teamers he can. Of course, sometimes he chooses players with potential who have some ST skill likes J Jones. 9 position players also had over 100 ST reps.