The New York Jets came into the preseason with a weak secondary, especially at the cornerback position, and with injuries it may have led many to hit the panic button. In Week 1 of the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts, Dee Milliner looked good, but he probably won’t be able to play against the Oakland Raiders in Week 1 with his high-ankle sprain. The Jets’ slated starter opposite of Milliner, Dimitri Patterson, struggled badly against the Colts’ wide receivers, but will be needed healthy in the regular season for the Jets.
Although Patterson did play very poorly in Week 1 of the preseason, he is better than what was seen in that small sample size. A leg injury has kept him out for the last week, but he returned in a limited amount during Tuesday’s practice, which is good news for the banged up Jets.
Patterson was unable to play in Week 2, and the secondary did not look good at all with no Milliner or Patterson against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals’ passing attack. Dalton was a perfect 8-for-8 in the game with 144 yards and one touchdown pass.
Going against the New York Giants in Week 3, Patterson thinks that he will be able to play, and going against Eli Manning for a few quarters will be a good test for not only Patterson, but the entire Jets secondary.
Patterson is not a shutdown CB by any means, but with the way the Jets’ roster is right now he is the best they have at the position due to the Milliner injury. It is important for Patterson to back up his words of a few weeks ago, and be a productive and healthy CB for the Jets this season.