Dimitri Patterson, the Jets newest cornerback, has had his injury problems through his career. He dealt with a groin injury that limited him to six games in 2013, before having surgery during the final week of the season. He also dealt with an ankle problem in 2012, limiting his time on the field as well that year.
However, when healthy, which Patterson says he is, he has been productive. In 2013, he picked off four passes in six games, while bothered with a groin injury. In 2010, he started nine games with the Eagles, and picked up four passes as well.
All Dimitri Patterson wants is an opportunity to play. That is what the Jets are going to give him, and he talked about that during a conference call with reporters:
“Obviously, I’m not the sexiest name or the flashiest name,” he said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. “The thing about it is me trying to take the opportunity that’s been given to me. My numbers speak for themselves. I’ve been able to show that when the opportunity is given, that I can play at a high level. That’s all you can ask for, is showing when the opportunity is given. I just ask that individuals look at what I’ve been able to do when given the opportunity.”
Being limited by a groin problem was frustrating for Patterson last year, as he had never dealt with that problem before:
“That’s the thing with the groin – I hadn’t really had that before in my career – but when you try to play through that pain, when you’re playing with an injury that requires surgery, you’re going to miss some games,” he said. “Now that it’s corrected, I feel great.”
A lot of people are disappointed by the signing, but to me, this is a low risk, high reward signing. If he is in form, he should be as productive as he has been before. If not, they haven’t invested very much.