Rookie punter Jake Bailey is quickly turning into a weapon for the Patriots

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Rookie punter Jake Bailey is quickly turning into a weapon for the Patriots
Rookie punter Jake Bailey is quickly turning into a weapon for the Patriots

Punting is, in its essence, an admission of defeat: a team's offense failed to gain the appropriate yardage to keep a drive alive and is forced to kick the football away to its opponent and send its defense onto the field. As is the case with everything else in the NFL, and life in general, the topic is not as black-and-white as it seems, though. Punting, after all, can also change a team's fortunes by flipping the field position in a favorable way. Jake Bailey has done just that for the New England Patriots this season, time and again. On Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, the rookie, who was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of this year's draft, punted the football eight times

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