Patriots P Jake Bailey earns AFC player of the week honor

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Overshadowed by the dominant work of the defense and points put up by the offense through three impressive wins to open the year, New England’s special teams unit has also clearly contributed to the winning formula.

A big part of that has been rookie punter Jake Bailey, who has been honored for his work in Sunday’s win over the Jets by being named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Bailey punted seven times against New York with a 44.3 gross average and a 41.4 net, including five punts downed inside the 20, four of which were actually inside the 10.

For the season, the rookie fifth-round pick has a 44.4 gross average and a 42.5 net on 13 punts, with nine downed inside the 20 and just a single touchback.

Bailey beat out incumbent veteran Ryan Allen for the Patriots punting job in early August.

Special Teams Players of the Week (Week 3):AFC: @Patriots P @jakebailey___NFC: @Saints P @thomasmorstead(by @Headshoulders) pic.twitter.com/uzyAFEuFdS

— NFL (@NFL) September 25, 2019