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Special teams breakdown vs. Eagles

A look at players that showed up on multiple units of the "Big 4" on special teams -- punt return, punt coverage, kickoff return, kickoff coverage -- against the Eagles while analyzing what it might mean (units charted were the first to take the field):

Four units

LB Niko Koutouvides

Three units

CB Marquice Cole

S Nate Ebner

Two units

S Will Allen

S Josh Barrett

RB Brandon Bolden

S Sergio Brown

LB Dont'a Hightower

DB Derrick Martin

LB Mike Rivera

LB Jeff Tarpinian

S Ross Ventrone

RB Shane Vereen

ANALYSIS: Given the number of key players sitting this one out, probably dangerous to read too much into these this week. But the presence of veteran linebacker Niko Koutouvides on all four units reflects how he could be in line for a roster spot as a core special teamer. Koutouvides also had a big third-down tackle on defense. ... Also, rookie safety Nate Ebner's work on fourth down is notable. Couple that with his recent growth at safety (INT vs. Eagles) and one would think he is well positioned for a roster spot.