He is a troubling prospect. He
can be as dynamic with the ball in his hands as Tavon Austin, only 4 or 5
inches taller. However, he can also disappear in games. He can look like
an all-world player for a while, and then you wonder if he got injured and
is on the bench. He will dominate the game in the first half, but scarily
has a tendency to disappear in the 2nd Half.
One of the problems in
evaluating him is that he was not considered to be the Number One WR on
the team. Hunter was the Number One. Despite Patterson's gaudy all-purpose numbers, It
was Hunter who led the team in receptions and yardage (73 for 1,083).
Patterson only garnered 778 yards on 46 receptions. Which of course, as
everything with Patterson, his receiving stats do not tell the whole
story. He was a TD machine who scored TDs four different ways:
running, receiving, KR, and throwing.
He has a tragic lack of
production in college. He played only one season in the SEC. However, what
a season. He was as dynamic with the ball in his hands as any WR in the
SEC. He ran the ball with explosive excitement. He was a monster in the
return game. He is a well
built kid, and is all flash
and dash on the field. And it's like I always say, "I like the big WR
with the little WR skills." He has those traditionally little WR
skills in a big WR body, like Dez Bryant. He is as dynamic with the ball in his hands as any
WR in this Draft.
To me, Patterson is
the perfect example of why this Draft is so troubling. When you watch him on
Tape, you can see his path to superstardom. However, you can also see the
road to bust city. Which seems to be the common trait of most the players
rated in the 1st Round this year. He can be a great hands catcher, but then he lets too
many balls into his body. He can dominate the game for a half when he is
clearly the best player on the field, but then he will disappear for the
rest of the game. He is so dynamic with the ball in his hands that he
scares defenses, but then he seems to rarely play in the 2nd half. He has
excellent feet, and can really run some quick patterns with his feet, but
then he too often runs lazy patterns.
He is a study in dichotomy,
much like most of the prospects in the this Draft. Besides the O-Linemen,
this is a pure inconsistency Draft. Nobody exemplifies that more than
Patterson. It seems with every prospect in the 1st Round you can see
their path to stardom, and their road to Bust City.
kid is flashing like lightning right now. So teams that think he is Julio
Jones had better put on some sunglasses (I heard one guy say he was identical to Julio Jones. That is
ridiculous;-). The production doesn't match the light
show. He was also the number two WR at Tennessee. His promise
has not met his production yet. Which is the scary part. Some question his work ethic. Concerns over why he was a Juco
kid as well. His legend has already exceeded the reality. So teams have to
calm themselves down and beware. With all that being said, I just don't
see how a hapless offense in the top ten can pass on this kid. Didn't always look like he was going full speed at Combine. Kept
making mental mistakes at the Combine.
Vs NC ST
When I watched this game early
in the season it really annoyed me. I DVRed it so I could watch Justin
Hunter, who was regarded as a surefire 1st round pick. Instead, some JuCo
transfer was dominating the game. Hunter was nowhere to be found in the
is a little raw, and
doesn't always run the best routes. But that is not the problem here. You
have to respect his speed, so he will be open on any kind of Comeback he
runs (0:05). This is a nice pattern as well. He Drags across the middle
and is open. The ball just gets batted down. You can see he thought he was
going to go for a long time (0:05). He usually lines up on the left (which
is now the Z right? I love Madden;-). Here
he is outside of Hunter. One thing a lot of teams learned is that David
Amerson is allergic to Out-an'-Ups. Here Patterson just toasts him. He
takes more of a jab-step to the sideline than a real Out cut. This is an example of why people
complain about his route running. However, he just explodes back up field
and runs by the 4.3 CB (0:30). It is not the most elegant catch. In fact,
it reminds me a little of Lloyd, who is that best fall down catcher in the
NFL. He is a bit of a body catcher, but you can see him reach out with
both hands catch the ball away from his body nicely (0:42). Anytime you
can see him catch the ball with his hands it is a positive. I would have
liked to have seen him maintain his balance (0:50). There was no real
reason to fall down there.
This is another example of not
running the best pattern. It just looks like a lazy Out (0:56). You'd like
to see more effort in the pattern, but with his speed, it is tough for a CB
to stop when they are protecting deep (1:03). That was not a glitch he
just ran the same pattern on Amerson (1:09). Tennessee did a ice job finding
ways to get the ball into his hands. You can really see his dynamic talent
here. That first cutback was so electric that it fried two DBs
(1:16). The most amazing part to me was the second cut to the right.
Amerson had him dead to rights. Remember, Amerson ran in the 4.3s at the
Combine. Amerson had very nice position on him, but he put on the
jets and beat Amerson around the corner. He runs around Amerson like
he was a fat guy at an ice cream stand (1:33). That might be the best
example of why teams are looking at him in the 1st Round. That is just an
unbelievable play. He runs through the middle of five defenders untouched,
and then runs around the guy who most Draftnics thought was going to be
the top CB taken.
He runs a little In.
CBs are so conscientious of protecting the deep sideline that when he runs
any kind of In he can't be stopped (1:50).
Again you can see him reach up and snag the ball out of the air with both
hands. So he shows again that he can use his hands to catch the ball; He
just doesn't always do it (2:00). I'm not sure this is even a pattern.
What it is, is a genuine example of the defense's fear of his speed
(2:08). Again, he just runs a few yards and turns back to the QB (2:16).
You can really see his quickness in the open field when he spins away from
the CB (2:26). That is as great a 1st half as you want a top WR to have.
However, look at the time. The
1st half was 2:30 of a 2:42 Tape. He doesn't touch the ball in the
3rd quarter, and over half the 4th. What happened? When he is on, he is a
easy 1st Round pick, but then he disappears and you have to ask yourself,
"how early can we take this kid?"
They had to run an End-Around
to get the ball in his hands with 5 minutes to go in the 4th, because He
was gone from the game (2:31). And that's all folks! In the 1st Half he
was all-world. In the second he was a waste of a spot on the field. He did
not have a catch in the 2nd Half, after maybe the most dominate Half a WR
had this year in college. What do you do with this guy?
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This first play is a prime
example of the trouble that Patterson poses. Nice play. However, he just
runs a few yards forward and turns around in a lazy pattern. Then he lets
the ball into his body (0:01). He is very effective when he Curls back to
the ball inside. He does a great job getting inside position. Then
catches the ball smoothly (0:12). That is a real nice catch of the ball
thrown behind him (0:22). He does so many things well. He uses his body to
get inside position on the Slant, something a CB should never give up on
the Goal line. I love how he uses his body to shield the smaller CB off
the ball (0:30). He does everything perfect, and then lets the ball into
his body, where it is almost knocked out (0:35). He'll make you stand up
and cheer, and be worried with too many plays.
Runs the Skinny Post nicely.
He is so adept at getting the inside position on CBs. Team that use West Coast
principles will be drooling over this guy. However, he lets the ball into his body
again (0:56). You can really see the suddenness in his shoulders when he
breaks inside (1:04). He gets great inside position for an easy catch. Then he
lets the ball into his body, which gives the DB a shot at it. The CB
takes advantage (1:26). Here he defeats the triple team. He is so strong
(1:41). He positions his body between the CB and the ball. But he lets the
ball into his body again (1:48). He has to learn to use his hand better.
Spectacular and frustrating all in the same play.
Here he is at the Wildcat QB.
This is actually an excellent run. He hops behind his blocker, finds the
hole, and powers for the 1st Down (1:57). That is a perfect back-shoulder
Fade by Bray (2:06). It is amazing how easy Patterson makes it look. That is the
mark of a truly great athlete (2:14). That is not an easy catch to make,
but it is becoming more and more of an NFL catch that he will need to
That is just a great catch.
The Corner was all over him. However, he uses his body perfectly to stay
between the ball and the defender (2:26). He used his hands that time
(2:32). He is so good at getting himself open. He just explodes past the
CB and is wide open. This should be an easy reception. He just has to leap
up and catch it (2:40). Instead, he tries for the spectacular and
drops the ball. You can really see the suddenness in his shoulder that
make it impossible for DBs to cover him (2:50). Impossible to cover, and
frustrating all at the same time.
Returning Kickoffs inflated
his All-Purpose stats (3:10). Here he is lined up at RB. He runs first
(3:17). He throws second. He is one of those freak athletes that
can look like he can do anything he wants on the field (3:28). His only
real question is mental. Does he mentally have it enough to garner any
kind of consistency.
Then he lines up on the goal
line and makes it look easy. His instincts are just so great (3:58). When
he is on the edge, he just jukes guys out of their jocks. Watch this little
stutter-step move as he gains the Corner (4:08). That is nice pattern and
catch. Smooth and easy (4:25). Nice Skinny Post. Then he makes a nice
adjustment to the ball and shows his athleticism (4:38). He is the prime
example of why they do all sorts of things to get the ball in his hands.
You can't teach this (4:45). He has the make you miss quickness of Austin,
but in a 6-2, 200 plus pound body (5:02). He jukes another defender out of
He can take a hit (5:30). He
has those instincts that turn disasters into big plays. You simply cannot
teach this (5:42). He is stuffed, but he stay behind his blocker. He jukes
another guy embarrassingly. He spots some open green, and bursts through
it like a kangaroo on a trampoline (5:55). The more you can get the ball in his hand so he
can run, the more you see plays like this (6:15). That might be the most
effective pattern he runs (6:26). When he Drags over the middle he looks
He just keeps finding a way to
get open. He does not have a lot of room to get open. That is just pure
quickness (6:35). He will have to learn when to go down. He is so strong
that it is freakish, but sometimes it's just better to go down (6:55). It
is just so impressive what he does on the field sometimes.
He has that knack for
getting inside or outside position on the CB whenever he wants it (7:06).
I love this move to get inside position. It is quickness, with a little
shimmy, and some power. Watch the shoulders and inside hand (7:21). Whenever he can extend his arms and catch the ball with his hands it is a
He also returned punts upon
occasion. He is just so good at getting the Corner in any situation with
the ball in his hands (7:49). Getting the Corner again, with the inside
handoff (8:15). One DB in the open field all by himself cannot even touch
this kid (8:39). Can't touch this! (8:50). He makes it look so easy. He
just juked that DB out of his jock, and it looks like he was barely trying
(9:00). Then he has to do something stupid, and taunt the defender
who can't catch up.
Anytime he is turning In, he
is at his best running Patterns. Because DBs have to have outside contain
on him (9:07). Here he is disappearing in the 2nd Half again
(9:55). Then he comes up with the plays of the game on a Punt return. But
still had no catches in the 2nd half. How do you judge a guy like that?
I don't care, you put the ball
in his hands and he does things with quickness that no guy his size should
be able to do (10:51). When you don't consistently use your hands to catch
the ball, they will fail you. Practice makes perfect (10:59). Watch the
pain (11:11). He struggled to get open against Georgia's great secondary.
Discipline and care of craft are no his strengths. Against the best
competition that is what succeeds.
Did the Pats really let Wes go? Talk
about someone who succeeded with Discipline, pride, and care of craft! Are
you F-ing kidding me. Two years for 12 Mil. That is an insult to Pats
fans. Offering him two years and ten mil was BB's way of saying,
"don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out." My best
man Jim has been saying for the past year that BB never forgave Wes for
dropping the Super Bowl in the second nightmare. This move is akin to letting
Seymour and Assante go. It will cost Brady his forth Ring (11:20).
that's four and half games of Tape I just did for you guys. If you don't
have an informed opinion on Patterson yet? Well, join the club. The final
minute and a half isn't going to help. I need a drink. 12 Mil. Denver
signed him for 12 Mil? That is unforgivable. Please don't give me that
Amendola crap! Amendola is Julian Edelman. If you watch highlights of
either they look like the best WRs in the league. But what Pats fans and Rams fans
know is that neither can stay healthy for three games. Lets sign Edelman
and Amendola and have the best pair of WR on I.R. for 3/4 of the season.
Are you kidding me?
The Pats did sign Amendola before I could put this travesty up.
FLA, Missouri, Vanderbilt,
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