Loss of Ryan Allen felt inside Patriots locker room: 'It’s very difficult'

Ryan Hannable
August 20, 2019 - 2:51 pm

FOXBORO -- Ryan Allen was released by the Patriots on Monday after spending the last six years with the team and winning three Super Bowls along the way.

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It was a move that's part of the business in the NFL where the Patriots selected Jake Bailey in the fifth round out of Stanford and he's been very impressive this summer, showing off his massive leg that generates tons of hang time on his kicks. It's a case of a player who can be had for less money and being able to produce at the same or higher level.

A few of his former teammates spoke on their feelings on Tuesday, and it was an indication of just how much Allen meant to them.

“He was a guy who always was able to put a smile on my face regardless of the situation," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "Very thankful for the time that I had with him. I learned a lot from him. I feel like we developed a friendship off the field and I wish him nothing but the best. We’ll have fond memories of our time together.”

He added: “It’s very difficult. Certainly, when you have a relationship with a guy and you spend a lot of time around him and you’ve gone through life with him, it doesn’t make it easy. I don’t care how long you play this game; a part of a game that you never get used to is seeing friends come and go. And obviously, it’s difficult. You can easily say, ‘Well, that’s the business,’ but you can’t forget about the human side of this business.” 

Long-snapper Joe Cardona along with kicker Stephen Gostkowski worked the closest with Allen, and Cardona pointed out how he was the ultimate professional through it all this summer, even offering pointers to Bailey along the way.

“Ryan was such a professional in this whole process in helping Jake become a better, more refined punter,” he said. “I don’t think that there’s enough good to say about the guy.” 

Cardona and Gostkowski will now try and replicate the same chemistry they had with Allen.

“Jake, he’s a young kid that came in, and he was ready to learn, ready to receive coaching and obviously immensely talented,” Cardona said. “But really, his professionalism in the building and out of the building has been really impressive. He’s obviously done a good enough job to make an impression, and I know he’s going to continue to work hard.” 

While Allen was released Monday, it likely won't be long before he finds a new team, as he's still one of the better kickers in the entire NFL.

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