The Eagles cut Mike Patterson early on in the offseason. He then signed with the Giants. Bob Glauber wrote a good piece on Patterson.
Once Mike Patterson regained consciousness in the ambulance, the first thing he wanted to do was rip out the intravenous tube from his arm. In a small fit of panic, he looked at Eagles assistant trainer Chris Peduzzi, who was sitting next to him on the way to Lehigh Valley Hospital.
“I was like, ‘What am I doing here?’ ” he recalled about that frightful day two years ago. “I was ready to take out the IV. I said to Chris, ‘We’ve got practice. I’ve got to get back on the field.’ I was ready to get back on the field right then and there.'”
That tough guy mentality is why you have to love Patterson. Some DTs (Darwin Walker) want to chase the QB, but aren’t so fond of taking on double teams. Patterson did the dirty work and he did it well.
I hope he’s able to play this year, whether for the Giants or someone else. Patterson isn’t a lock to make the team due a crowded field at DT. Some team will be lucky to have him, even as just a role player and good locker room presence.