It might be that time again. If you’re a Patriots fan, you know how the cycle works.
The Pats have recently signed a young punter named Corey Bojorquez, as our own Bernd Buchmasser detailed earlier. Bojorquez is a 21-year-old out of New Mexico, who is expected to compete with current New England punter Ryan Allen for the position. Allen has been the punter for the Patriots since the 2013 season.
And just as you would expect, Bojorquez is a left-footed punter. Under Belichick, the Patriots have never used a right-footed punter on a regular basis, which he claims is purely a coincidence. We all knows that’s a load of B.S. Belichick loves left-footed punters, and it’s always been plainly obvious.
Bojorquez might be next in line for Belichick’s revolving door of punters that he has brought in and out of Foxborough over the last 18 years. He has a system of finding a left-footed punter that he likes, milking the most he can out of him for a couple of years, then moving on to the next guy.
Over the Belichick years, we’ve seen guys like Ken Walter, Josh Miller, Chris Hanson, Zoltan Mesko, and Ryan Allen. None of them spent more than just a couple of years with the Patriots, although Allen has lasted the longest, as he just completed his fifth season with the team.
But unless Allen really impresses Belichick in training camp this year, his time might be running out. According to the Belichick system, the Pats are long overdue for a new punter.
Personally, Allen has been my favorite Patriots punter (which isn’t something I put a lot of thought into because, well, it’s the punter). He happens to hold the record for longest punt in a Super Bowl, having notched a 64-yard punt against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. He’s managed to survive in New England for five years without being pushed out the back door like most Patriots punters, so Belichick must like him a little bit too.
But with the Pats deciding to give Bojorquez an opportunity, it’s highly possible that we’ve seen the last of Ryan Allen. He’s only 28 years old, so it’s not like he’s washed up or anything. I hope he manages to win the competition and keep his job.
But it’s hard to tell with something like this. No matter how good Allen has been, the punter cycle must live on. We knew it would happen eventually.