Ryan Allen is no longer the punter for the New England Patriots, but head coach Bill Belichick is never going to forget the contributions the 29-year-old veteran made to the franchise's last three Super Bowl championships.
Allen officially was released by the Patriots on Tuesday after spending his first six NFL seasons in New England. The left-footed punter played in four Super Bowls with the Patriots, and he was among their best players in the 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII back in February.
Belichick had plenty of praise for Allen in his interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub before Thursday night's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.
Lot of praise for Ryan Allen from Bill Belichick on tonight's @sportshubpats pregame show: "I can't say enough good things about Ryan. ... I expect to see Ryan punting in this league. He helped us win three championships, I'll always be grateful for that."
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 22, 2019
Patriots rookie Jake Bailey will take over for Allen as the starting punter. Belichick liked Bailey's abilities enough to use a fifth-round pick (163rd overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft on him. The Stanford product also is the first right-footed starting punter in Belichick's 20-year tenure as Patriots head coach.
Teams around the league would be wise to consider signing Allen. His playoff experience alone makes him valuable. He's punted 13 times in four Super Bowl appearances, along with a Super Bowl record 64-yard boot against the Seattle Seahawks.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick expects to see Ryan Allen punting in NFL again originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston