The New York Giants continue to add depth to their defensive front, and steal players from the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles. According to reports, the team inked Mike Patterson to a contract. Terms of the deal are yet to be available.
Patterson only played in five games for the Eagles last year, recording six tackles and a sack. He had pneumonia and was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list. He had only missed two games in his career prior to last season. Patterson had a seizure during training camp in 2011 and underwent brain surgery to correct the problem in January of 2012.
Patterson joins Cullen Jenkins as former Eagles joining the defensive line for the Giants this season. He will give some interior depth with Shaun Rogers, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin and Markus Kuhn, who is coming off his own season-ending injury in his rookie year last year.
There’s no doubt the Giants needed to do something about the interior of their defensive line, and they have added some depth with the players they brought in. They were 25th against the run and allowed a 100+ yard rusher 10 times last year.
There is no harm in giving Patterson a chance. A one-year, prove it contract could be very useful to the team. A contract similar to what Jenkins received could be a good idea as well.
Will all the players along the interior prevent the Giants from drafting another lineman? Maybe, but they always draft the best available player. If that guy is a defensive tackle, look for the Giants to take him.