Tom Telesco made his first player move as General Manager for the San Diego Chargers last week on Wednesday. He claimed cornerback Johnny Patrick off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.
After that “awesome” signing of Robert Meachem last year, I wouldn´t be surprised if most Chargers fans were finding themselves questioning: “Another Saint – Really?!”
Well, the answer is: Yes, really!
I don´t want to paint everything too black here, but when taking a look at what player personnel we gave to them – Drew Brees(!!), Darren Sproles(!!!) – and what they left to us – “Ronald” Meachem and now backup cornerback Johnny Patrick – then one could be tempted to say: Awesome how the Bolts are stealing talent from the Saints!
Okay, now let’s get serious and keep that sarcastic mood out of that short review (from now on).
The signing of Johnny Patrick never was meant to be “the” recruitment of a starting cornerback for the season 2013. This means that an accurate way to look at this move by Telesco is he added depth at the cornerback position – nothing more, nothing less.
The Chargers starting cornerbacks of last season, Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer, are both free agents. And it´s very unlikely that both of them will get re-signed (at least not as cornerback… am I right, “strong safety” Quentin Jammer?).
Johnny Patrick was a third round pick in 2011; 88th overall to be exact, which means he was picked by the Saints right before the Chargers selected Shareece Wright. Last season Patrick was on the field for 218 snaps, i.e. he played in 15 games, with only one as starter.
For a better understanding of what the newest Chargers acquisition is capable of, this is what the scouting report from NFL.com says about Johnny Patrick:
Patrick has good size and a muscular build. Plays with balance and shows a smooth back pedal. Delivers an effective press at the line and can turn and run with receivers. Reads the quarterback’s eyes in zone coverage, gets into passing lanes, and has the body control and soft hands to make picks.
Does not have elite recovery speed and lacks the hip fluidity to mirror in man coverage. Plays too aggressively at times and gets burned by play action and double moves. Can get overwhelmed by bigger receivers in jump ball situations. Gets down on himself and play suffers after mistakes. Inconsistent tackler.
To say it again: Patrick is definitely not “the” answer to the secondary/cornerback situation of the Chargers; he never was meant to be. But the signing adds depth at the cornerback position and this is what the Chargers are in need of (among many other things).
Oh, and did I mention that he was arrested for a misdemeanor assault charge on June 27, 2010? He pled guilty on July 28 to a reduced charge of harassment with physical contact (source: wikipedia).
Maybe this is something you didn´t want to hear…
Whatever, I guess it is possible to look at this acquisition in a positive way: Patrick isn´t injured, is not too expensive, and has room for growth – and again, he adds much needed depth at cornerback.
So at this point, adding Johnny Patrick to the San Diego Chargers roster probably does make sense.
But for the next move in free agency, we want to see a “bigger” name rolling into town – okay, Mr. Telesco? Thank You!