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Chargers Roster Breakdowns, 90-in-90: WR Andre Patton

June 15th, 2017 at 8:06 PM
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Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Player Factfile:

Name: Andre Patton

Age: 23

Position: WR

College: Rutgers

NFL games played: 0

Games played for the Chargers: 0

Fun fact: Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo was a teammate of Patton in college, and once said that if it wasn’t for injury, Patton would have gone on to be a better receiver that season than Carroo would have been.

Andre Patton is an intriguing prospect. He didn’t put up great numbers at Rutgers during college, with just 1,164 yards in his four-year career there. Mike Williams had 1,361 in his final season in college, as a reference point. So, how does a WR from a small school who didn’t really stand out while there make it to the NFL?

Well, with Patton, it’s likely a case of what he can become, rather than what he is now. At his Pro Day, Patton ran a 4.40 40 yard dash (which would have been tied 3rd with WRs at the combine) and had scores that would have seen him tie for 7th in the 20-yard shuttle and tie for 4th in the 60-yard shuttle. That’s pretty impressive – even more so when you consider Patton is 6’3 tall.

But before you get your hopes up, no. Patton is not the next Tyrell Williams. He might have run a 4.40, but he doesn’t look that fast on tape. He’s quick, sure, but he’s not going to be consistently outrunning NFL caliber defenders. He’s got good hands (especially in traffic), but he’s still raw as a WR project, with his route running in particular clearly needing work.

What are Patton’s chances of making the 53? If I’m being honest, next to none. This is a good but not great athlete who’s not ready for the level of competition the NFL will provide. It doesn’t help that the Chargers are absolutely loaded at WR, either. If they only keep 5, those spaces are already all but locked in (Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman), and even if they do take six that only leaves space for one other guy. Patton is a long way down the depth chart right now, and the chances are he’s not going to be able to climb up …

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