“In the schemes that I’ve played in I’ve been asked to do what Cromartie was asked to do,” Patterson said Wednesday (NY Post, June 5). “I don’t have a high profile, no. I don’t have the biggest name, no. But I’ve covered the same receivers. I’ve held up extremely well against the same receivers, the lead guys. They knew that about me.”
Patterson is entering his age 31 season, recorded four interceptions last season for the Dolphins and has nine over his NFL career, signing a one-year $3 million deal late in free agency.
“I don’t have a high-profile name, but I’ll put my film against anybody’s,” Patterson said Wednesday. “That’s the reality of the situation.”
Read Bent's scouting report on Dimitri Patterson (TJB, April 2)
According to Pro Football Focus, Patterson found his best season-long success in 2011 where he ranked No. 36 overall among all NFL corners. Patterson has the brashness to play cornerback in the NFL but any comparisons based on a long look at his career might be overstated. Patterson has demonstrated that he can be a starter level player with a skill-set which Rex Ryan craves in his cornerbacks.
While the Jets are closely watching Dee Milliner's progress this offseason, Patterson's own injury history predicates that he should be closely monitored. Expecting Patterson to play 16 games for the Jets as a starter might be imprudent. If anything, the signing of Patterson demonstrates that the Jets know they needed help in their secondary, but their depth and draft acquisitions seem to indicate that Patterson was a more of an upside hedging of the team's bets. Patterson can play in the slot, can play on the outside and was a smart acquisition by the Jets but his injury history and the team's long term plans might see him playing less at the end of the season than the beginning.