Undrafted rookie Jaret Patterson appears close to earning a roster spot in Washington

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Undrafted rookies always have an uphill battle to make the roster, but Washington undrafted rookie running back Jaret Patterson appears close to securing a spot on the Football Team.

Patterson had 16 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown in the preseason win over the Bengals, and also caught all three passes thrown to him for 25 yards, and coach Ron Rivera praised his effort after the game.

“I thought it was solid, I really did,” Rivera said. “He’s an explosive and young dynamic back. We gave him some opportunities early on with the first bunch and he did a nice job with that. Then when the second bunch was in there, two-on-two, I thought that he really showed his ability. And again, you’ve got to be able to do it consistently, so we’ll see. He’ll get some more opportunities. We still have one more preseason game to go.”

Patterson had an outstanding college career at Buffalo, running for 3,884 yards in 33 games, including a 409-yard, eight-touchdown game last season that was one of the best in college football history. NFL teams weren’t sure he had the athletic makeup to be a pro runner, but Rivera said Patterson is at his best in game situations.

“I think he’s a guy that does thrive in these types of situations. It’s his style of football, you know, the way he plays and his stature. He does a nice job with what he has, and he’s very effective,” Rivera said.

Patterson also returned one kickoff for 37 yards, and with that special teams contribution as well as playing on offense, he may have secured his roster spot.

19 responses to “Undrafted rookie Jaret Patterson appears close to earning a roster spot in Washington

  1. Production. He produced in college…big time and should have been drafted. Too often NFL scouts, look at 40 times and 3 cone times and not productive. Good find by Washington.

  2. Loved seeing Patterson’s play last night, especially the kickoff return. He secured a roster spot. Gibson, McKissic, Patterson, and Barber are going to be their four running backs.

  3. This is Belichick approved. When you’re terrible at drafting you kinda have to go the undrafted route a lot.

  4. This kid BETTER make the team. He was the best player on the field last night, by far, and if Fitz had been able to hit on those blown TD missed passes it would have been a mild rout! Great Defense again. Maybe they’ll surprise some folks. Hope so….

  5. He was only given a shot because Chase Young vouched for him…they grew and played football together as kids…and Patterson has made the absolute most with his opportunity…!!!

  6. And this is why taking running backs in the first round is more often than not a waste of a pick. No position has had more late round or undrafted successes.

  7. This exciting young man made the roster when Lamar Miller was cut Ron Rivera saw this way before the rest of us

  8. If he gets cut Bills should take a look. Actually disappointed the Bills didn’t bring him in to compete. He looks light years better than Matt Breida and Antonio Williams. Big miss on a guy who was right in our backyard.

  9. I couldn’t understand why nobody put a 3rd day pick in on this guy. Was the most surprising UDFA to me. He produced massively when the team around him didn’t have a big talent advantage.

  10. Had the opportunity to watch him at UB over a few seasons. His legs were always moving and broke many tackles. Hard not to root for this kid.

  11. Bengals fan here. I have to say Patterson was incredible last night. Good vision, quick to hit the hole and ran hard. I think you guys got a player in him. Good luck to you guys this season.

  12. bingo2112 says:
    August 21, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Who’s spot is he taking?

    Clearly Peyton Barber’s

  13. Twenty running backs were taken in this year’s NFL draft

    In six games last year Patterson had over a thousand yards rushing and 19 touchdowns and no team would use a 7th round pick on him,,,

    Experts are not always experts

  14. I love this kid and surprised he wasn’t drafted. A kid the Browns should try to get from the Rams for their LB unit is Chris Garrett from a college in Minn. Watch him playing his heart out vs Raiders tonight. He’s sure to be put on the Raiders practice squad. He’s got speed and quickness and tenacity that the Browns LB unit needs badly.

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