Patriots Release Punter Ryan Allen

Ross Houston
August 21, 2019

Allen spent six seasons in New England and won three Super Bowls. The move was an expected one following the selection of Stanford's Jake Bailey in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Bailey, 22, has played in two preseason games and has punted once in each - for 45 yards vs. the Detroit Lions and 54 yards vs. the Titans.

Over his six-year career with the Patriots, Allen averaged 45.3 yards per punt, netting 40.4 yards per and pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line 153 times. Three Super Bowl championships together are certainly sweet, culminating with a dominant special teams performance in the third one. He had a punt that went 67 yards during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

"There are a lot of hard decisions that are made and Ryan is an incredible player", Brady said on WEEI on Tuesday. I don't care how long you've played this game, it's a part of the game that you never get used to, seeing friends come and go. But the friendship they forged on the way will also stick with him. "We're working our way through some of those and we'll see how it goes".

Bailey had been the better punter during the preseason, showing off his impressive distance and hangtime ability while beating out Allen for the job.

Cardona also made a point to note the work Allen put in to help Bailey improve, knowing full well it could result in his eventual termination. "I don't think there's enough good to say about the guy".

Speaking Tuesday morning on WEEI's "Greg Hill Show", Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he expects Allen to catch on with a new team soon. "Still is, and he will get another great opportunity".

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