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New York Giants DT Mike Patterson Happy to Be Healthy, Showing He Can Compete for Spot

August 29th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Douglas Rush

Two years ago, Mike Patterson's life was in serious jeopardy when he collapses at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp and was being rushed to the hospital after suffering a seizure on the field. Despite going against doctors orders, Patterson played through the 2011 season without any instances with a rare blood disorder, but then had to have brain surgery in January or 2012 to help correct the problem.

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Patterson suffered another seizure in 2012 and dealt with a severe case of pneumonia; which kept him out for most of the season and was only active for five games. The Eagles released Patterson this past February, but was scooped up by the New York Giants in the off-season to bolster their defensive line depth and add in a veteran who can bring something to the middle of the group.

Right now, Patterson is challenging Marvin Austin for a roster spot and the Giants have liked what they have seen from the soon-to-be 30-year-old, who has worked mostly with the second team of the defense, but really feels like he can contribute a big part to the team.

"I don’t necessarily feel pressure," said Patterson, who has been working with the second team most of camp. "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."

Up until 2012, Patterson had always been a consistent part of the Eagles depth chart and defensive line; playing in at least 15 games since being drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Patterson has 16.5 career sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception in the eight seasons he's been a pro, but didn't survive the Eagles barrage of roster cuts when the team's new regime came into town.

Patterson wasn't the only defensive lineman the Giants picked up from their NFC East rivals, as Patterson's teammate Cullen Jenkins was signed in March to a three-year deal and will likely be starting for the Giants alongside Linval Joseph at defensive tackle.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger that he still thinks Patterson can compete at a high level and has played well in the summer so far for the Giants.

"He has done pretty well," coach Tom Coughlin said.

The Giants will have Jenkins and Joseph as the starters with veteran Shaun Rogers and rookie draft pick Johnathan Hankins the next in line after them as the backups with maybe one spot left which could come down to Patterson or Austin. Some people think that it will be Patterson, although Austin hasn't gone down with a fight yet, as he did impress the coaches in their last preseason game against the New York Jets.


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Tags: Cullen Jenkins, Football, Johnathan Hankins, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin, Mike Patterson, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Shaun Rogers

7 Responses to “New York Giants DT Mike Patterson Happy to Be Healthy, Showing He Can Compete for Spot”

  1.  CT GIANT says:

    Jags sign Will Blackmon, GREAT!

  2.  kujo says:

    This guys is good. He’s not amazing, but he is very very good and, in other circumstances, would be a lock on this team. The problem is that there are 3 “veteran” DTs and 3 “young” DTs, all vying for 5 roster spots. And unless they do the PUP route with Kuhn–very possible, if not probable–one of these vets is gonna be the one to draw the ax. Reese isn’t going to jettison a young cat in exchange for one of these vets because, well, the vets aren’t under rookie contracts.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Like I have said all along Patterson is challenging Rodgers for a roster spot. But with his he’s guaranteed himself a 53 man spot. It’s a matter if that’s with us or another team.

  4.  Dirt says:

    I read FF55s thought behind why next year is the year. The only conclusion I can cone to is that BOTH this year AND next year are years in which they shoiuld compete.

  5.  The Original G Man says:

    Part of me wonders, with the logjam at DT and elsewhere, if they might throw caution to the wind and go with just Manning and Nassib at QB to free up a spot. Let’s face it, if Eli goes down, we’re screwed no matter who comes in after him.

  6.  Krow says:

    The real story tonight isn’t anything to do with the Giants. It’s much much bigger.

    This could very well be the last chance for God’s emissary on Earth, St. Timothy Tebow, to secure a roster spot with the Pats.

    So make it look good boys. But if you value your immortal soul … well, let me put it this way … the roster in Hell isn’t limited to 53.

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