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With free agency set to get underway in just under a week, the Jets are off to an early start, making a depth move via a waiver claim:

The 25-year old Patrick was a third round pick of the New Orleans Saints three years ago. He moved on to San Diego last year, where he started four games (albeit due to injuries). Patrick is 5-11, 191 pounds and ran a 4.48 forty at Louisville's pro day in 2011.

Patrick began last season as a nickel back, seeing plenty of playing time in the slot. Later on in the year, he started four games as injuries began to take their toll on the Chargers' secondary. He had one interception, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble, but ended the year on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in December.

In truth, Patrick's numbers are not very impressive at first glance. Quarterbacks have had a rating of well over 100 when throwing his way over the past two seasons. Last year, he gave up a completion on 77.6% of his targets - tied for second worst among all NFL corners with a snap count of over 25% (per PFF). He gave up 14.7 yards per catch, but did not get beaten for a touchdown. This was an improvement over 2012, when he was beaten for five scores.

He's obviously a player who was thought to have some upside when entering the league in 2011 and the Jets will be throwing him into the mix this Summer. He joins the likes of Ras-I Dowling, Ben Ijalana and Jaiquawn Jarrett as former 2011 picks the Jets have picked up in recent times.

Let's be clear: This isn't a move that the Jets have made to address a key need, just a depth move that gives them someone with NFL experience and upside to compete for a roster spot next season. The Jets will assume Patrick's existing contract, which was set to pay him a (non-guaranteed) minimum salary with a workout bonus this year for a total cap hit of $700K.

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