Patterson,29, was the Eagles' first round pick (31st overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft out of USC, where he was a first-team All-American. He played in 115 games over his eight years years in Philadelphia, starting 99. Patterson played in only 5 games last season after undergoing brain surgery in the offseason after he was diagnosed with cerebral arteriovenous malformation. Patterson has never been named to the Pro Bowl and was the recipient of the Eagles' Ed Block Courage Award in 2011.
The Giants are expected to take a look at WR/KR Julian Edelman today. Edelman is a free agent with few prospects after the Patriots replaced Wes Welker with former Rams slot receiver Danny Amendola instead of promoting him.
Edelman is being sought to as a punt returner, a position the Giants have not had much production out of the past few seasons. Their most successful PR has been Domenik Hixon, who signed a deal with the Carolina Panthers yesterday.
Last year, the PRs were below average. The Giants only returned 20 punts for an average of 7.2 yards per attempt. The longest return was an 18 yarder by Rueben Randle. Edelman was third in the NFL in PR average (15.5), highlighted by a 68-yard TD return.
Edelman can also be used on kickoff returns, where RB David Wilson reigned last season. With Wilson taking on a larger role on offense, the team may seek to curtail his return attempts and Edelman will provide another reliable option.