Jets Cornerback Dimitri Patterson Walks Away For Two Days
With the preseason nearly complete, teams are starting to finalize their rosters heading into the upcoming season. This weekend, the New York Jets saw a question mark arise at one position they thought they were sure of, as cornerback Dimitri Patterson is scheduled to return to the team today, after he disappeared from the team prior to Friday’s preseason loss to the New York Giants.
According to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Patterson is projected to start in the defensive backfield for the Jets, but went missing just before the squad’s third preseason game on Friday. With the third preseason game thought to be the dress rehearsal for teams heading into the season, Patterson choosing this game to go away for a while is curious at best.
While Patterson has yet to see the field since the Jets’ first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts due to injury, he surely would be best served to be with the team on game days to make an impact on the team even on the sidelines with the younger players on the roster.
When asked about the situation surrounding Patterson, both general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan said that they wanted to speak to Patterson himself before making a judgement. Both Idzik and Ryan had been in communication with Rosenhaus over the last two days, who told them that his physical health was not what caused him to step away.
Idzik and Ryan should be commended for withholding judgement on Dimitri Patterson until they speak to him. More importantly, they acted similarly when asked about him, which demonstrates not just levelheadedness, but that they are on the same page. Both men were offered an opportunity to issue the type of tough talk that is common in the NFL, where the vague catch-all term “distraction” is used as a scarlet letter for players. Instead, they acted with common sense, which can’t always be said about either of them.
It will be interesting to see what is learned as Dimitri Patterson returns to the Jets, and how this affects the already murky cornerback situation in the team.
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