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Patriots special teams rank third

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The annual special-teams rankings produced by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, which have been cited by new england patriots coach Bill Belichick as one of the gold standards to measure the third phase of the game, were released Friday, and the Patriots rank No. 3 in the NFL.

The Eagles were first, followed by the Bills and Patriots.

The Seahawks were 17th.

The Patriots blocked three field goals and one punt in 2014, which is their highest total since 2002. more