Some of the fringe players will describe tonight’s final preseason game as having their football lives on the line.
Actually having his life on the line has changed the way Mike Patterson looks at it.
After having a seizure on the practice field with the Eagles which led to brain surgery, Patterson is trying to claim a roster spot with the Giants this year.
“I don’t necessarily feel pressure,” Patterson said, via Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger. “Naturally, I’m a little curious but nothing too disconcerting. I still have a belief that I can play this game. That’s where my mind-set is right now.
“I know a lot of teams were probably wondering if I would be able to play this season. But I still love this game and I want to play.”
Patterson’s seizure during Eagles camp in 2011 was caused by a was caused by a tangle of blood vessels in his brain. Doctors tried to treat it with medication initially, but he had surgery in January 2012, and still carries a 13-inch scar across the right side of his head as a reminder.
He played in five games last year (after a bout of pneumonia), and the Eagles released him, leaving many wondering if he’d get another chance.
“I feel real fortunate,” Patterson said. “I feel like it was part of God’s plan for me. Hopefully, I’ll find out that plan one day. I’m still here. I’m living and breathing. I’m able to play the game I love so much.”
The Giants have been impressed with his ability, but he’s still not a lock to make the 53-man roster, as it could come down to him or former second-rounder Marvin Austin for a job.
But after what Patterson’s been through already, he knows it’s not a life-or-death decision.