Last night, the Jets announced that they signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson and wide receiver Jacoby Ford. Jets fans might not know too much about these two, so I've been reviewing game footage to get an insight into what each of them bring to the table.

We start with Patterson, who is a 30-year old journeyman who went undrafted in 2005 and didn't start his first game until 2010. The Jets will be Patterson's seventh NFL team. He spent last year with the Miami Dolphins with whom he was the opening day starter, but suffered a groin injury in week one that hampered him all year, limiting him to six games. He did, however, intercept four passes, tying a career high.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Patterson's 2013 season to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Dimitri Patterson?

Patterson started his collegiate career at Southeast Missouri State before later transferring to Tuskegee. Not surprisingly, he was undrafted in 2005, but the Redskins picked him up and he played in three games as a rookie, intercepting one pass. After spending time on the Vikings' practice squad in 2006, he signed a two year deal with the Chiefs and played in 20 games over the next two seasons. He then signed with the Eagles in 2009 and, after a year in a backup role, started nine games for them in 2010, intercepting four passes.

The Browns became his 5th NFL team in 2011 and 2012 where he was used as a slot corner in nickel packages and responded well. However, he struggled with an ankle injury throughout 2012 and was eventually cut loose late in the season, with the Dolphins claiming him off waivers.

Having overcome some initial struggles with Miami's zone-based system, Patterson would start on opening day in 2013 and finished with four interceptions in six games despite a groin injury that plagued him all year. He would eventually be placed on injured reserve late in the season.

Let's look at his numbers from his career so far:

The Numbers

Seven seasons

79 games

20 starts

176 tackles

35 passes defensed, two sacks, nine interceptions (one touchdown), one forced fumble

Coverage numbers (since 2007): 158-for-266, 1845 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions

Completion percentage: 59.4%

Yards per attempt: 6.9

QB rating: 83.0

30 penalties (includes 12 on special teams)

(Some statistics in this article are provided courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

Now let's briefly recap his performance from 2013:

Preseason

In preseason, Patterson played exclusively on the outside in the first three games, but then reverted to the slot in nickel packages in the fourth game. Miami had five preseason games last season, but Patterson sat out the last one. Patterson was targeted six times, giving up just two catches for 14 yards. The longest was a nine yard pass where he was 10 yards off his man at the snap with the right defensive end dropping off in a trap coverage. Patterson still closed well to make the stop. He did likewise on the other completion, which came on 3rd and seven and his stop short of the marker forced a punt.

There were a couple of plays where Patterson was in tight coverage leading to an incompletion and he also had one pressure as a pass rusher and made a couple of stops in run support.

In terms of negatives, there was one play where the outside receiver motioned into the slot and the result was that there was a man wide open over the middle. Also, Patterson was twice badly beaten on plays that ended up being incompletions. On one he missed the jam on the receiver but the ball was overthrown and on the other he initially had tight coverage but the receiver totally lost him on a whip route only for the quarterback to miss him with the pass. He did also have a pass interference penalty, but that looked harsh.

Week One - at Cleveland

Patterson's season got off to a great start, as he intercepted two passes and nearly a third. However, he left the game early with the groin injury. The first pick came as he stayed tight on Greg Little's 3rd and short crossing route. He likely would have made the stop shy of the first down anyway, but reacted well when the ball was off Little's hands and made a juggling catch. The second was slightly easier, as he reacted well to a ball tipped into the air and made a diving catch. He almost had another when he jumped a route and got his hands on the ball on the outside.

Patterson did give up three catches, although the longest - an 18-yarder where the receiver came in motion and then avoided his jam to get open on a slant - was negated by a penalty. He closed well on 2nd and 10 to limit a gain to eight and made a stop on 3rd a long on the outside (only to be called for a face mask penalty).

Week Seven - v Buffalo

In his return to action, there were a couple of mix-ups with Sean Smith. On one of these, the Bills stacked their receivers and one ran an out pattern, while the other ran a go route. Both corners went with the out route, although Patterson recovered to hit the receiver as he caught the ball over by the sideline. That was a 30-yard gain, but it did look as if Patterson's hit had knocked the ball loose so that might have been overturned if challenged. The other mix-up saw Smith react late and Patterson drop off on a quick out on third down. However, again, Patterson responded well and managed to stop Stevie Johnson just shy of the marker to force a fourth down.

On one other target, Patterson was in tight coverage and the pass was harmlessly incomplete. He also added a sack off the edge, although he did get juked in the open field by CJ Spiller on an 11-yard run.

Week Eight - at New England

Mixed results for Patterson in this game, starting positively with an interception as he jumped in front of Rob Gronkoswki on a quick out from the slot. That was a well disguised coverage and a good jump on the ball, but Brady did throw behind Gronkowski. He had another big play with a third down pass break up on the outside. That was very physical coverage and arguably could have been flagged.

Patterson did give up three catches, although the longest - a 26-yarder - came on what looked like a blatant push-off. One of the others was a 15-yarder in a tight window as he was all over the receiver. The third was a short gain where he reacted immediately to a quick throw on 2nd and 10 to force a third down. However, he again got the short end of the stick from the officials on the next play as Brady's incompletion down the right sideline was negated by a holding call on Patterson on the opposite side. Patterson merely appeared to jam the receiver, who slipped over. On one other play, Patterson anticipated well and blew up a screen by evading his blocker and tripping the runner.

Week Nine - v Cincinnati

Patterson was targeted a bunch in this game, giving up eight catches on 14 targets. He gave up just 81 yards though and did have another interception and a pass breakup. One play went for 26 yards on 3rd and 10 as he was draped all over the receiver who made a tough catch. That might even have been overturned had they challenged it, because the ball did hit the turf. Another went for 18 and this was a poor job by Patterson who allowed the receiver to get outside leverage, then box him out and break to the outside. Patterson never got his head turned and was never likely to get the push-off call he felt the play warranted. Only one other play went for a first down and that was an immediate dump-off for two yards on 2nd and one. The rest saw him close quickly to limit the damage although there was one other play where the Dolphins blew the coverage and Patterson had to run with the deep guy, leaving the tight end open in the flat on his side.

Patterson was in good position on several of the incompletions, a couple of which came while matched up with AJ Green. His interception saw him jump a telegraphed out-route to Green just before half-time to set up a field goal. Patterson also fought off a block to blow up a wide receiver screen in the backfield that was ultimately dropped.

He did have a potentially costly missed tackle on Marvin Jones, who caught a pass on a 3rd and eight crossing route. Patterson came up and missed him in the open field at the 40 and Jones went in for a 50-yard score. However, the touchdown was negated by a downfield hold.

Week 11 - v San Diego

Patterson only played 19 snaps in this one and was credited with two targets and one first down catch. That was harsh, because he was covering downfield and came up to make the tackle on Ryan Matthews who nobody had accounted for leaking into the flat.

Week 14 - at Pittsburgh

In this, his final appearance of the season, Patterson was partly at fault for this short Emanuel Sanders touchdown, as he backed off too far at the goal line and got turned around. Other than that, there was another blown coverage where Patterson was on the outside and Heath Miller ran down the seam and was wide open down the middle. The announcers attributed this to the inside linebacker biting on a play-fake.

Here's my observations from watching the footage, divided into categories:

Usage

As noted above, Patterson has experience in the slot and on the outside.

In an article published overnight, Rich Cimini stated that Patterson started on the outside, but reverted to the slot in nickel packages last season in Miami. That was the case in the first game of the season, but not in any of his other five games last year. In three of them, he started and Jimmy Wilson played the slot in the nickel and in the other two, he only played in nickel packages - on the outside. While he excelled in a slot role with the Browns, Patterson was mostly employed on the outside in Philadelphia too.

In Miami, Patterson played mostly on the right, as the Dolphins rarely matched up their top corner on the opposing team's number one receiver.

Coverage skills

As advertised, Patterson is a very physical corner who excels in press coverage. There were a couple of occasions where he missed his jam completely and got beaten, but most of the time this allowed him to stay tight with his man. Even on most of the receptions he gave up, he was close to knocking the ball loose or draped all over the receiver as the ball was caught.

Despite his documented struggles in adjusting to having to play off-coverage when he first arrived in Miami, he didn't fare too badly when used that way in 2013. He closes well on the ball and has good timing.

Athleticism

Now into his thirties, Patterson might well have lost a step since he was drafted, although he didn't play much early in his career so perhaps he has more tread on his tires than some players his age. Patterson's athleticism doesn't necessarily stand out, but he does have good closing speed and was able to run deep stride for stride with the likes of AJ Green, so it's not something that limits him. He did show good agility on one of his interceptions, breaking a couple of tackles as he tried to get positive yardage on the runback.

Physicality

As noted, Patterson is very physical which can, of course, be a risk in terms of penalties. There was certainly one play where he was draped all over the receiver that could have been flagged.

The penalties he did have in 2013 were a legitimate face mask call and a totally bogus defensive hold where the receiver slipped over at the jam. He also had a pass interference penalty in preseason that seemed to be nothing more than legal contact within five yards before the pass was thrown (although that particular play was not replayed).

From what I saw, he did a good job of staying just the right side of legal, but he has had penalty issues in the past with nine in 2010 (three holds, two illegal contact, two facemasks, one pass interference and one unnecessary roughness call).

Run defense

Patterson didn't make too many contributions in run defense, but didn't make too many mistakes either. There was one play where CJ Spiller was able to reverse his field and Patterson overpursued, but he otherwise remained disciplined. There was also a play where he held up the runner on the edge and had to wait for help to arrive to bring him down, getting driven for a few extra yards in the process, but ultimately that was a five yard gain on what could have been a touchdown if the runner got loose.

Tackling

Patterson did have a couple of missed tackles in the open field, but for the most part closed on the ball well and made secure tackles. He didn't make any especially big hits.

He does seem to anticipate well, notably on a couple of quick passes to the outside, where he fought off a receiver's block to blow up the play.

Blitzing

Patterson was only used as a blitzer twice all season, but does have the burst that would seem to make him effective in that role. He recorded one sack on a play where nobody blocked him and he was all over the quarterback in an instant. Also, in preseason, he forced an incompletion by getting around a blocker to pressure the quarterback.

Ball skills

Patterson's ball skills are one of his more impressive traits. He had a couple of difficult interceptions in the first game of the season. Other than one play where he failed to get his head turned, he did a good job of locating the ball and getting his hands on the ball to disrupt passes.

Instincts

As noted above, Patterson anticipates well and has good reactions. However, at times, teams were able to exploit confusion in the secondary by stacking their receivers or motioning them pre-snap.

There were several plays where the Dolphins had blown coverages that led to opportunities for easy first downs involving Patterson. I don't think all of these were his fault and his impressive recovery speed prevented most of these from being too damaging, but it would still be a minor cause for concern as he joins a team as be one of the elder statesmen where blown coverages have been an issue too.

Demeanor

Patterson wasn't particularly demonstrative on the field, although he did appeal for a push-off penalty on a couple of occasions (one where he clearly had a case and another where he did not).

When he makes a big play, he likes to dance.

Special teams

Patterson has hardly played any special teams over the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was a pretty effective special teamer, with eight tackles in coverage in 2010. I wouldn't expect him to make much of a contribution here with the Jets though.

Injuries

As noted, Patterson was bothered by an ankle injury throughout 2012 and a groin injury throughout 2013. Clearly this is a concern going forward.

Off-field issues

I could not find any examples of off-field concerns for Patterson.

Conclusions:

It's clear to me that, while he isn't a shutdown cornerback in the Darrelle Revis mold, Patterson is a starter-level player, whose skill-set seems to fit in well with what Rex Ryan looks for in a cornerback.

The injury situation should be closely monitored as I don't think it would be wise to enter into the season with Patterson penciled in as a full-time starter without a viable replacement on the roster. Still, that will depend on how high the Jets are on some of the players they already have on the team.

I like the fact he has shown aptitude both in the slot and on the outside because that could give the Jets more flexibility in terms of how they use Kyle Wilson and finding reps for the likes of Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster.

While Patterson might prove to be a stop-gap starter at best, the Jets are smart to bring a player like him aboard, in order to bring some much-needed experience to their secondary unit.

I'll move on to Ford tomorrow, before we return back to looking at some of the players added to the roster since the end of last year (barring any further signings in the meantime, of course).

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In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

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The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kirby Lee)

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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(Matthew Emmons)

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

Tags: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles
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