Rookie Punter Jake Bailey Brings Ryan Allen’s Patriots Tenure To An End

Now, the longest-tenured punter of Bill Belichick’s stay as New England Patriots head coach has been unseated. The Patriots informed Allen, whose accurate left foot launched five punts for 215 yards in Super Bowl LIII and pinned three inside the Los Angeles Rams’ own 10-yard line, of his release on Monday evening.

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Ryan Allen unseated incumbent Zoltan Mesko as an undrafted rookie in 2013.

Now, the longest-tenured punter of Bill Belichick’s stay as New England Patriots head coach has been unseated. The Patriots informed Allen, whose accurate left foot launched five punts for 215 yards in Super Bowl LIII and pinned three inside the Los Angeles Rams’ own 10-yard line, of his release on Monday evening.

The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride first reported the news of Allen’s departure.

Rookie fifth-round draft choice Jake Bailey succeeds him.

New England sent No. 167 and No. 246 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles to select Bailey at pick No. 163 in April. And Bailey, a Stanford product, will be the first right-footed punter to appear in a game for the Patriots since Todd Sauerbrun at the tail end of the 2006 regular season.

Bailey has punted twice for an average of 49.5 yards this preseason. He has doubled as a kickoff specialist and, following a safety against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, sent a free kick 67 yards through the air.

Bailey will also handle the holding duties that Allen handled for six seasons and three Super Bowl victories.

More than 100 games of continuity had been built over that span.

“Jake’s got a lot to learn,” Belichick said during a press conference last week. “He has talent. He has done a number of different things, from punting to holding to kicking off. Again, there’s a lot of situational things that fall within those areas of responsibility. We’re working our way through some of those and we’ll see how it goes.”

Allen had remained with New England on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million in March. The two-time Ray Guy Award winner by way of Oregon State and Louisiana Tech received a base salary of $900,000, a signing bonus of $100,000 as well as $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

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Ryan Allen, whose tenure as the New England Patriots’ punter spanned six seasons and three Super Bowl victories, had re-signed in March. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)ASSOCIATED PRESS

Allen’s cap number ranked 17th in the NFL among punters entering 2019, according to OverTheCap.com. His release nets $1.4 million in savings.

“I saw it at the same time as everyone else,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Tuesday morning on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show. “We’re not always up to speed on transactions and so forth. It’s a lot of difficult decisions that are made, and Ryan is an incredible player. He still is, and he’ll get another great opportunity. There’s a lot of turnover in the league from year to year. It’s very difficult to see teammates go.”

Last summer stood as the first time New England had brought in competition for the 29-year-old Allen. But rookie minicamp tryout Corey Bojorquez would look on from the sidelines for all four preseason games in the team’s attempt to retain him on the practice squad. That attempt ended with the Buffalo Bills claiming Bojorquez off waivers at the cutdown to 53 players.

There was no hiding Bailey. Or his power and hang time.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine invite marked the second and last punter taken in the 2019 draft. Bailey checked in as the Cardinal’s all-time leader in punting average and with a long of 84 yards. And of his 185 career punts, 75 went on to be downed inside the opposing 20.

Bailey’s work on kickoffs also gave way to 173 touchbacks for Stanford.

His $2.8 million rookie pact with New England runs through 2022.

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