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Gunner Olszewski on muffed punt: 'There is no excuse for it'

Gunner Olszewski on muffed punt: 'There is no excuse for it'

The New England Patriots hadn't allowed a touchdown since the AFC Championship Game. They went three and a half games over the course of the past two seasons before they finally surrendered one to the New York Jets.

At the very end of the third quarter, Patriots rookie Gunner Olszewski was back to return a punt but ended up muffing it inside the Patriots' 10-yard-line. The ball ended up squirting into the endzone where Arthur Maulet recovered it to get the Jets on the board.

After the game, Olszewski was critical of his performance and wasn't making excuses for his miscue.

"It is unacceptable like I said, there is no excuse for it," Olszewski said to reporters after the game. "They told me I needed to pick my head up because there is more game to play and just don't let it happen again."

Despite being self-critical, Olszewski didn't get too down on himself. When he went back on the field again, he was just focused on doing his job.

"You know you have to go back out there and do your job," Olszewski said. "They put me back there because they trust me and I just want to show them that they can trust me in any situation, not just when I am returning. I want them to know I can catch the ball."

Olszewski likely understands that there is more of an opportunity to earn a role in the receiving corps with Antonio Brown gone and Julian Edelman dealing with a chest injury. That's part of the reason that he's being so hard on himself.

Still, the undrafted rookie from Bemidji State can take solace in the fact that the Patriots were already up 30-0 when he made his mistake. So, it didn't have a massive impact on the end result of the contest.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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