PatsFans.com Menu
PatsFans.com - The Hub For New England Patriots Fans

New England Patriots > Patriots Blog

ICYMI: Jake Bailey, Gunner Olszewski named to AP All-Pro First Team, Matthew Slater To Second Team

Robert Alvarez
Robert Alvarez on Twitter
January 11, 2021 at 5:20 pm ET

ICYMI: Jake Bailey, Gunner Olszewski named to AP All-Pro First Team, Matthew Slater To Second Team(PHOTO: Mark Konezny - USA TODAY Sports)

🕑 Read Time: 1 minutes

The 2020 New England Patriots special teams unit was one of the best in the NFL in 2020 and three members were recognized for their successful year last week.

On Friday, punter Jake Bailey and punt returner Gunner Olszewski were named to the AP 2020 All Pro First-Team and Matthew Slater was named to the AP’s All-Pro Second-Team.

Bailey, who also earned his first Pro Bowl honor in 2020, finished the season with a 48.7 yards-per-punt average, fourth in the league, while putting 31 punts inside the 20-yard line, second-best in the league. Bailey improved his punt average by 3.8 yards and set a new career-long with a 71-yard punt against the Rams. He also performed almost all kickoffs (72) for the team.

Olszewski meanwhile led the NFL in punt return average (17.3 yards), punt returns (1) and punt return yards (346).

Over the final six games of the season, Olszewski returned 16 punts for 316 yards and a 19.75 return average. Olszewski led the NFL with a 17.3 average overall and had more 40-plus returns (3) than anyone.

In week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Olszewski scored his first career punt return touchdown.

Lastly, special teams captain Matthew Slater earned his second selection to the AP Second-Team, a first since 2017. Over his career, Slater has earned five AP First-Team honors to go along with nine Pro Bowl invitations.

Heading into 2021, Bailey and Olszewski will look to continue their dominance into their third pro season’s on special teams while Slater’s NFL future, remains unknown at this time as he concluded his 13th season.

READ NEXT:
Martellus Bennett Reminisces On Super Bowl LI Championship

Tags: Gunner Olszewski Jake Bailey Matthew Slater

  • Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    0 Comments
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments

  • More Patriots News Headlines:

    Monday Patriots Notebook 4/15: News and Notes

    Monday Patriots Notebook 4/15: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    For the Patriots, the question seems to center around whether or not it's going to be North Carolina's Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy who gets…
    9 hours ago
    Patriots News 4-14, Mock Draft 3.0, Gilmore, Law Rally For Bill 

    Patriots News 4-14, Mock Draft 3.0, Gilmore, Law Rally For Bill 

    By: Steve Balestrieri
    Mitchell is an ascending prospect with the size, length, speed, and athleticism to threaten all three levels (short, intermediate, and long) on the football field.…
    2 days ago
    Potential Patriot: Boston Globe’s Price Talks to Georgia WR McConkey

    Potential Patriot: Boston Globe’s Price Talks to Georgia WR McConkey

    By: Ian Logue
    Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey is a player who many believe will be among the list of receivers taken early in the upcoming 2024 NFL…
    3 days ago
    Friday Patriots Notebook 4/12: News and Notes

    Friday Patriots Notebook 4/12: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    Ninkovich believes that the New England Patriots would be better served to target someone who would be more of a threat to the defense, preferably…
    3 days ago
    Not a First Round Pick? Hoge Doubles Down on Maye

    Not a First Round Pick? Hoge Doubles Down on Maye

    By: Ian Logue
    “There’s really two things, and they’re entwined as one,” explained Hoge. “You can’t have one without the other, they have to work together and it’s…
    4 days ago

    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap
    Search For Links: - CLOSE
    For searches with multiple players
    add commas (Ex: "Bill Belichick, Devin McCourty")