Patriots to release punter Ryan Allen

Johnny Townsend raises his hand after holding on a game-winning field goal for the Raiders last season. He was claimed off waivers by the Giants last week much to the chagrin of the Patriots

Johnny Townsend raises his hand after holding on a game-winning field goal for the Raiders last season. He was claimed off waivers by the Giants last week much to the chagrin of the Patriots

Ryan Allen was able to hold off a young challenger last summer.

Ryan Allen, a punter that began his National Football League journey as an undrafted free agent of the club in 2013 before going on to win three Super Bowls with the team, has reportedly been released - per Jim McBride of The Boston Globe. He averaged 45.1 yards per punt last season, which he capped with an outstanding performance in Super Bowl LIII. Allen was set to be a free agent in 2020, after signing a one-year deal worth that amount in March. That means fifth-round rookie Jake Bailey will serve as the team's punter for the 2019 season.

An adept directional punter whose control helped offset a lack of power, Allen had five punts for 215 yards in the Super Bowl, with three punts downed inside the 10.

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The Boston Globe first reported Allen's release. Bailey began holding for kicker Stephen Gostkowski in practice and he was the holder for Gostkowski in Saturday's preseason victory over the Titans.

A longtime member of the New England Patriots is being shown the door. Gostkowski said this spring he would prefer to continue kicking off.

Bailey was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2017 and 2018, finishing his college career as Stanford's all-time leader in punting average (43.81 yards).

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