White, Slater the leaders in '11 ST snaps

White, Slater the leaders in '11 ST snaps

By Tom E. Curran

It's no secret the Patriots place a premium on the ability to contribute on special teams. The ability to cover and block in the controlled chaos of "teams" is a key tiebreaker in the roster decisions that will be coming in the next 60 days.

These are the snaps taken on special teams last year in descending order. There were 460 total special teams snaps.

Tracy White (306) 66.3
Matt Slater (278) 60.43
Sergio Brown (269) 58.4
James Ihedigbo (200) 43.48
Stephen Gostkowski (195) 42.39
Kyle Arrington (192) 41.74
Antwaun Molden (187) 40.65
Rob Ninkovich (186) 40.43
Rob Gronkowski (168) 36.52
Niko Koutouvides (164) 36.65
Danny Woodhead (160) 34.78
Zoltan Mesko (151) 32.83
Danny Aiken (150) 32.61
Devin McCourty (149) 32.39
Julian Edelman (139) 30.22
Dane Fletcher (135) 29.35
Jeff Tarpinian (135) 29.35
Ross Ventrone (133) 28.91
Nate Solder (116) 25.22
Gary Guyton (97) 21.09
Ryan Wendell (96) 20.87
Brian Waters (90) 19.57
Josh Barrett (80) 17.39
Matt Light (80) 17.39
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (79) 17.17
Logan Mankins (79) 17.17
Dan Connolly (69) 15
Jermaine Cunningham (67) 14.57
Jerod Mayo (65) 14.13
Vince Wilfork (64) 13.91
Patrick Chung (60) 13.04
Kyle Love (59) 12.83
Donald Thomas (58) 12.61
Stevan Ridley (58) 12.61
Nate Jones (47) 10.31
Shane Vereen (46) 10
Brandon Deaderick (39) 8.48
Shaun Ellis (36) 5.65
Wes Welker (32) 6.96
Malcolm Williams (32) 6.96
Sterling Moore (27) 5.87
Nick McDonald (22) 4.78
Marcus Cannon (21) 4.57
Lousaka Polite (17) 3.7
Kevin Faulk (16) 3.48
Brandon Spikes (12) 2.61
Eric Moore (10) 2.17
Landon Cohen (6) 1.3
Andre Carter (5) 1.09
Aaron Hernandez (5) 1.09
Alex Silvestro (5) 1.09
Dan Koppen 2 (0.43)
Myron Pryor (1) 0.22
Mike Wright (1) 0.22

Patriots-Steelers practice report: Full participation for Pats

Patriots-Steelers practice report: Full participation for Pats

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
TE Ladarius Green (concussion)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)

LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

Tom Brady speaks German in video with Sebastian Vollmer

Tom Brady speaks German in video with Sebastian Vollmer

Though neither has rivaled Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live stream, Tom Brady is having a big day when it comes to teammates posting videos of him. 

First, former teammate Vince Wilfork shared an ad for Intel in which he designed a graphic of Tom Brady. Shortly after on Wednesday afternoon, Pats offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer posted a video for NFL Deutschland called “Sea Bass’ School of Football” featuring the Patriots quarterback (video below). 

In the video, Vollmer, who was born and raised in Germany, tries to teach Brady how to give the German call of Brady’s 10-yard run in second quarter of the Patriots’ divisional round win over the Chiefs last postseason. Brady, as people speaking a language they don’t know are wont to do, struggles to say the correct words. He says “lightsaber” a few times and Vollmer gives him guff. It's not the funniest thing in the world, but it's a hell of a lot lighter than Brady's press conference Wednesday. 

Brady isn’t the first Patriot to appear in one of Vollmer’s videos. Rob Gronkowski did the first one in November and Danny Amendola did one that was posted last month.