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Patrick Chung ready to return punts if called upon

Ryan Hannable
September 14, 2018 - 10:39 am

FOXBORO -- Even dating back to the summer, the Patriots haven't really had a true punt returner available.

Julian Edelman is the closest thing, but his four-game suspension has him out for the next three games. Against the Texans, it was wide receiver Riley McCarron, but after muffing a punt he was released Monday.

The team did add Kenjon Barner on Tuesday and he was the Eagles' primary punt returner last year, so it's likely he gets the nod Sunday against the Jaguars, but if not, safety Patrick Chung is ready.

"I mean I always practice it," Chung said Thursday. "We always practice, so if my name’s called, I’m going to go in there. If it’s not, I’m going to do something else. I’m not really worried about that part. When that part comes, we’ll figure it out."

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Over the years, the 31-year-old has served as the team's emergency punt returner, and has been called upon a few times.

“[My strategy is] make good decisions, get the ball downfield and try to make a play," he said. “It’s all about good decisions.”

Chung added: “You don’t want to force it. That’s kind of the general rule. And if you are able to get the opportunity to try to make a play, make a play, protect the ball, call it a day.”

While it doesn't seem like Chung will be needed Sunday in Jacksonville, he's always ready.

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