Ryan Allen’s Release Reminded Patriots Of ‘Very Difficult’ NFL Reality

Tanya Simon
August 21, 2019

The move was an expected one following the selection of Stanford's Jake Bailey in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Allen had five punts for 215 yards, with along of 53 yards.

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. Three Super Bowl championships together are certainly sweet, culminating with a dominant special teams performance in the third one. An undrafted free agent in 2013, Allen beat out veteran Zoltan Mesko to become the Patriots punter. "His professionalism in and out of the building has been really impressive".

"He's a young kid that came in and was ready to learn, ready to receive coaching", Cardona said Tuesday morning at Gillette Stadium. He had a punt that went 67 yards during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

While there's intrigue surrounding Bailey's potential, there also was a level of sadness following Allen's departure.

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Slater and Allen formed a lethal combo on that Sunday against the Rams, executing five punts for an average of 43 yards and pinning L.A. within its own 10-yard line three times.

Last season, Allen played in all 16 games regular-season games and finished seventh in the National Football League with a 45.1-yard average.

"It's very hard, certainly when you have a relationship with a guy and you spend a lot of time with him and you've gone through life with him", Slater told reporters in Foxboro on Tuesday. "So, we're working our way through some of those and we'll see how it goes". While Slater and Cardona both lauded Bailey's ability, they lamented that his arrival had to come at the expense of their good friend.

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