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Quick Slants the Podcast: Receiving corps suddenly a force; Is it looking like the Patriots won the Garoppolo trade?

Quick Slants the Podcast: Receiving corps suddenly a force; Is it looking like the Patriots won the Garoppolo trade?

Not only is Josh Gordon back, but Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas are back on the practice field for the Patriots. Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry weigh in on that, roster predictions, Jimmy G and more.

1:34 - Hot off the Press - Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to the latest Patriots news, from the returns of Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas to the release of Ryan Allen.

12:00 - Tom catches up with Matthew Slater to talk about his relationship with Ryan Allen and the reality of the business side of the game.

16:37 - Phil goes over his roster cuts following the second preseason game and the wide receiver group filling out. Phillip Dorsett and Brian Hoyer could be on the outside looking in when the regular season starts.

20:01 - Deep Dive - NBC Sports Bay Area 49ers insider Matt Maiocco joins Tom to talk about the poor performance of Jimmy Garoppolo in his return to game action after tearing his ACL last season. Should 49ers fans be concerned?

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New England Patriots release punter Ryan Allen

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New England Patriots release punter Ryan Allen

The Ryan Allen era in New England has come to an end.

The Patriots officially announced Allen's release on Tuesday, ending the left-footed punter's six-season stint with the team. 

Allen won three Super Bowl titles as a member of the Patriots and played an especially pivotal role in Super Bowl LIII vs. the Los Angeles Rams. Three of Allen's five punts in the 13-3 win pinned the Rams inside the 10-yard line.

With Allen gone, that means rookie Jake Bailey will take the reins at the punter position. The Patriots traded up to pick the Stanford product in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he has impressed onlookers with booming punts throughout training camp.

Here's more on Bailey from NBC Sports Boston's own Phil Perry:

"When he gets ahold of one, he murders it. His punts sound different off his foot, and the best of the best hang for over five seconds with ease. Bailey, who is seven years younger than Allen, also has the ability to kick off. He's been used as the team's kicker in multiple kickoff periods through camp this year, including one on Tuesday. Having someone to handle those duties this year could be beneficial to the Patriots in a couple of different ways: a) He might save Stephen Gostkowski, 35, the wear-and-tear of swinging his leg as hard as he possibly can over and over again, allowing him to focus on his work as a field-goal kicker. b) The Patriots were last in the league when it came to opponent starting field position after kickoffs in 2018."

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Punter Jake Bailey a rarity for a Bill Belichick coached team

Punter Jake Bailey a rarity for a Bill Belichick coached team

Bill Belichick is entering his 20th season with the New England Patriots, but he has had some notable firsts this year. In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Patriots picked wide receiver N'Keal Harry in the first round. That was the first time Belichick had selected a receiver in the first round during his time with the Patriots.

On Monday, the team released veteran punter Ryan Allen signifying that rookie fifth-round pick Jake Bailey had won the punter battle. Barring a surprise, Bailey will be the team's punter to start the season. And per Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, Bailey will be the first full-time right-footed punter that Belichick has employed in 20 seasons.

Though Belichick did have a couple of fill-in righties at punter as Volin mentioned, this is frankly remarkable. But evidently, having a left-footed punter was something that Belichick placed value on.

Since 1999, Belichick has had six lefty punters on the roster. They were Allen, Zoltan Mesko, Chris Hanson, Josh Miller, Ken Walter, and Lee Johnson. The only righties were the aforementioned Brooks Barnard and Todd Sauerbrun, who combined to launch 20 total punts with the Patriots. Comparatively, the lefties during the Belichick era have launched 1,322 total punts.

Bailey will be something new and different for the Patriots, but it seems that he has the skills needed to succeed. He averaged 43.8 yards per punt during his college days at safety, so he should have a chance to seamlessly replace Allen.

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