Dimitri Patterson Ready to Show the World that He is the Guy

By Alan Schechter

Dec 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

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(89) scores a touchdown as he is hit by Miami Dolphins cornerback

Dimitri Patterson

(24) during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Jets fans believed they wouldn’t be waiting long before the replacement for Antonio Cromartie was signed. So we waited, and waited. The names went off the market, and we waited. Finally, a choice was made, and it was one that most of us weren’t familiar with. Dimitri Patterson.

Dimitri has been plagued by injuries throughout his NFL career, however, he has been terrific when on the field. In six games last season, Patterson picked off four passes. For comparison, Mr. Revis only picked off two passes in 16 games. Clearly, when he has been in, he has been explosive.

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Dimitri Patterson knows that he is good, as he talked about,

“I’ve been asked to do what Cromartie was asked to do,” Patterson said Wednesday, per ESPN New York. “Do I have a high profile? No. Do I have the biggest name? No. But I’ve covered the same receivers, and I’ve held up extremely well against the same receivers, the elite guys. “I don’t have a high-profile name, but I’ll put my film (up) with anybody’s. That’s the reality of the situation.”

I would tend to agree. The starts seem to be aligning to put Dimtri Patterson in to a position of power in the secondary. He could stabilize the whole group, and make them much closer than they were before. As long as he can stay on the field.