Canadian punter Jake Julien signs with New England Patriots

Canadian punter Jake Julien has signed with the New England Patriots after going unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft, according to Jordan Schultz.

A native of Barrie, Ontario, Julien spent five seasons at Eastern Michigan University. He punted 221 times in 54 games, averaging 44 yards per kick. Julien pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line 71 times in his career, with 51 punts of over 50 yards on his resume.

The Ottawa Redblacks selected Julien with the 31st overall pick in the fourth round of the 2021 CFL Draft, but the specialist opted to return to school for a final season in the hopes of elevating his NFL prospects. He averaged 45.9 yards per punt in 2021, with 11 kicks inside the twenty and 14 of over 50 yards.

Julien was named second-team All-Mid-American Conference as a senior and earned an invitation to perform at the College Gridiron Showcase.