New York Jets CB Dimitri Patterson was finally found today after his “lost weekend.” Patterson decided to not show up to the team’s third preseason game against the New York Giants Friday night, even though he attended the pre-game walk-through and team dinner.
In my previous article, I stated that the Jets should hold on to as many cornerbacks as they can, since the team’s secondary coffers are so weak. However, in light of this ridiculous incident, I will retract my statement. Yes, I still believe the Jets should retain their cornerbacks until the final roster needs to be set, but the team should only keep players who want to be on the team.
It’s evident that Patterson is not 100 percent committed. In addition to his numerous injuries, Patterson’s lack of dedication is probably another reason way he has been a member of seven different teams after only ten seasons in the NFL. Though he wouldn’t have started, the Jets planned to play Patterson against the Giants and judge how his leg injuries were healing. It is completely inexcusable that Patterson missed the preseason game and Sunday practice without giving the team any warning.
The worst part is that CB Ras-I Dowling was cut today to save a spot for Patterson, a player who doesn’t seem to be all in. The Jets secondary situation is unmistakably abysmal and something has to be done to at least raise the players’ spirits. Head coach Rex Ryan is known for his optimistic attitude, which helps maintain his players’ swagger, but in this situation, I think Ryan has to bring down the hammer on Patterson.
If the Jets don’t cut him, it will send a message to the other players that such behavior is tolerable and that their time, sweat and dedication are worth nothing. If Ryan wants his players to stay motivated, a menial fine won’t do.
Patterson needs to be cut.