Most versatile Patriots players

In an Insider piece, Gary Horton of Scouts Inc ranks the most versatile players in the AFC. He puts Patriots receiver Julian Edelman No. 3 on the list.

"His stats are not gaudy, but Edelman's numerous roles make him valuable to this team, and Bill Belichick really respects players who can contribute in a lot of ways," Horton writes. "He was a college QB so he is even something of a threat to throw when he lines up in the backfield as a runner. Primarily though, he will take snaps at wide receiver -- either wide or in the slot -- and he has even played some on defense at the corner position. If that isn't enough, he can also give you stability in the kicking game as a kickoff and punt returner. He is not dazzling in any of these areas, but he is dependable and not mistake prone."

Using Horton's piece as a springboard, here is one viewpoint of some of the more versatile players on the team's roster after Edelman:

Jamie Collins -- The team's top draft choice in 2013 (second round, 52nd overall) is working at linebacker but could also factor as a pass-rushing defensive end in sub packages.

Michael Hoomanawanui -- Tight end has played on the line as a fill-in for Rob Gronkowski and also has been used as a lead-blocking fullback.

Devin McCourty -- Cornerback or safety, he has been a consistent presence since joining the team as a 2010 first-round pick.

Nick McDonald -- Reserve offensive lineman has taken snaps at center, guard and tackle between the preseason and regular season.

Rob Ninkovich -- Defensive end or linebacker, dropping back in coverage or rushing the passer, he's emerged as a three-down player.

Vince Wilfork -- Nose tackle or defensive end, he breaks the prototype for a player of his size (listed at 6-2, 325).