Jake Bailey needs work as Stephen Gostkowski’s holder

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The Patriots already miss Ryan Allen.

Rookie Jake Bailey has done just fine punting. He has three punts for a 46.7 yard average with one downed inside the 20-yard line.

His holding skills, though, appear to need some work.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 43-yard field goal wide left with three seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Patriots’ television broadcast, via Mike Reiss of ESPN, showed a close up of Bailey’s hold.

The laces were turned in, toward Gostkowski, instead of out.

Allen served as Gostkowski’s holder since Allen joined the Patriots in 2013.

The Patriots released Allen earlier this week.

10 responses to “Jake Bailey needs work as Stephen Gostkowski’s holder

  1. It is amazing to me how Gostkowski gets away with it. The laces being in, out or sideways have nothing to do with a chip shot with no wind.

    What are the excuses for the misses in recent big games with different holders for years and years? They can’t all be on the holder or snapper.

  2. Bailey was prob drafted and Allen released now a little ahead of the cut because Allen wants more money. I’ve read 13 punters make more dough than Allen so he prob has offers already. About $1M of his 2019 pay is guaranteed and he was all professional in getting Bailey ready.

  3. Interesting. I recall over 10 years ago the Patriots signed their old punter Ken Walter when their incumbent was hurt solely because he was a good holder and Gostkowski was a rookie kicker, I searched it up and Gostkowski didnt miss a FG with Walter. I am sure Belichick who places an emphasis on special teams didnt release Allen without thinking of Bailey’s capability as a holder. I think he will be okay.

  4. It is amazing to me how Gostkowski gets away with it.


    I agree. I never feel at ease with him.

    But it only makes sense to get rid of him if you can improve on the position.

    Apparently that has not been the case yet.

    Who is the backup kicker?

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