Without cornerback Bill Bentley, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the Detroit Lions are now left with just four healthy cornerbacks, which is causing many fans to wonder what the Lions plan to do, in terms of adding depth at the cornerback and/or safety position.
Now, we have learned that cornerback Dimitri Patterson was in Allen Park on Wednesday afternoon for a work out with the Lions. If Patterson’s name sounds familiar it should, because for the last few months, he is best known for getting released by the New York Jets after disappearing during training camp in August.
While he didn’t disappear during the Lions workout. It does make you wonder, how confident would the Lions be in signing him over some of the cornerbacks they have already worked out, especially after the “disappearing act” that Patterson had with the Jets.
Nevertheless, head coach Jim Caldwell, has always been fond of saying “we do things for a reason,” which means in my mind that he brought in Patterson for a workout because he genuinely thinks he can be of use to the Lions secondary or because he at least wanted to see with his own eyes if he could be of use to the Lions.
At 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, Patterson did have brief success for the Cleveland Browns as a nickel-back which prompted the Browns to re-sign him to a multi-year contract. However, something must have gone wrong, because they released him a year later, without explanation. To be honest, Patterson has never stayed on a team long. After going un-drafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, he signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Since that time, he has played for over five teams.
So could he feel a need at cornerback, specifically at nickel-back? Yes, he probably could but the question remains is he what the Lions need right now.
As I said before, when it comes to specifically replacing Bentley, who was the starting nickel-back before tearing his ACL, it is safe to say that the Lions could go with fourth-round pick Nevin Lawson, who played most of the game in Bentley’s place on Monday, to add depth to that position moving forward.
Plus, as I mentioned earlier, the Lions worked out multiple cornerbacks last week, including Chris Clemons, Roc Carmichael and Champ Bailey. Plus, the Lions could also look to their own practice squad for help, considering, former Nebraska cornerback Mohammed Seisay is on the Lions practice squad, patiently waiting for an opportunity.
So at this point, I suppose only time will tell, coach Caldwell declined to speak on Patterson’s workout, or on who the Lions are looking to add in their secondary. Caldwell’s would only say ‘we haven’t ruled out anything or made any promises to anybody and, obviously, we’re constantly looking to try to improve our situation,”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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