ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When constructing a 46-man game-day roster, special teams are a significant consideration.
Along those lines, here is a look at the Patriots players who appeared on two or more of the "Big 4" units (kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage, punt return) in the season opener:
LB Chris White
CB Logan Ryan
RB Shane Vereen
Of the group, the presence of White on all four units was notable. He had been projected as an inactive, which was obviously off the mark. Having claimed White on waivers Sept. 1, it is now clear that the team had special teams-based plans for him in the opener.