Special-teams rankings: Teams 11-32
After scouring the depth charts and watching the offseason workouts, Scouts Inc. ranks the teams with the best STs from 1-32.
11. New England Patriots
New England is solid in every department, and special teams is no different. Larry Izzo has been a special-teams standout in New England for a long time. Second-year kicker Stephen Gostkowski had an outstanding rookie year and will have a chance to build on his consistency, earning the trust of head coach Bill Belichick with his performance this season. Punter Josh Miller was placed on injured reserve late in the 2006 season, but is expected to be healthy and continue his production in 2007. The Patriots signed wide receiver Wes Welker from Miami to handle the return duties. Laurence Maroney will be getting the majority of the running back snaps on offense, so his contributions as a kickoff returner will be minimal. Overall, special-teams coach Brad Seely does an excellent job of getting production from veterans and newcomers.
Scouts Inc.: Position rankings
With training camps approaching, Scouts Inc. ranks the NFL teams 1-32 at nine positions.
Monday, July 9: Quarterbacks
Tuesday, July 10: Running backs
Wednesday, July 11: Wide receivers
Thursday, July 12: Tight ends
Friday, July 13: Offensive line
Monday, July 16: Defensive line
Tuesday, July 17: Linebackers
Wednesday, July 18: Defensive backs
Thursday, July 19: Special teams