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The Jets can tout free-agent acquisition Dimitri Patterson as their solution to the No. 2 cornerback spot all they want, but there is a reason why he was so readily available late in the free-agency period for the Jets to sign.
When he has been available, Patterson has shown to be an effective man-to-man cornerback, but there are two red flags that make him an awkward fit with the Jets.
First, he has a nasty injury history that has plagued his career. He has not played a full season since 2010. Since then, he has made 29 appearances in four years, including just eight games in two seasons for the Miami Dolphins.
Secondly, Patterson is a natural fit as a nickel cornerback; with the Jets, Patterson will be forced to play on the opposite side opposite Dee Milliner. Even as a seasoned veteran, there will be a bit of an adjustment for Patterson to adapt to playing with a sideline.
If he can stay healthy, Patterson at least gives the Jets some veteran insurance opposite a very young player in Milliner, who is entering just his second season—but the Jets are kidding themselves if they believe that adding Patterson to their starting lineup gives them a top-quality pair of starting cornerbacks to work with this season.