Giants' Roster Breakdown: Mike Patterson, DT

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

What role will veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson play for the Giants in 2014?

With just a couple weeks remaining until the New York Giants report to East Rutherford for training camp, Big Blue View continues its breakdown of the 90-man roster the Giants' will take to camp. Today, let's get to know defensive tackle Mike Patterson.

2013 Season in Review

Mike Patterson was one of the pleasant surprises for the Giants in 2014 when he signed with Big Blue following eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Patterson beat out Marvin Austin in training camp, then proceeded to become a staple in the defensive line rotation, specializing in run defense. The 30-year-old former first round pick finished the season with 23 tackles.

2014 Season Outlook

Throughout the Giants' offseason conditioning program, Patterson has been lining up with the first team opposite Cullen Jenkins. While he may just be keeping the position warm for Johnathan Hankins, to this point it looks like it's Patterson's spot to lose. Whether he's the first tackle on the field, or in on specific formations, Patterson will be a crucial part of the Giants' defensive line rotation. A combination of Patterson and Hankins will be tough for any team to run against.

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