The New York Giants signed a pair of former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackles during the offseason. They made a big splash by signing Cullen Jenkins to a three-year deal. The Giants made a less-publicized more under-the-radar move by adding eight-year veteran Mike Patterson to solidify a group that under-performed a season ago.
As we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp it is time to focus on Patterson, who survived brain surgery to return to the field in 2012.
2012 Season In Review
Patterson played in five games with six tackles and one sack. The big deal was that he played at all after undergoing brain surgery in January to remove an arteriovenous malformation. Until being released after the season Patterson had spent all years of his career with the Eagles, who drafted him in the first round (31st overall) in 2005.
Entering training camp the Giants appear deep at defensive tackle with seven players who have NFL experience to go along with second-round pick Johnathan Hankins. Patterson, though, would seem to have an excellent chance at not only making the team but becoming a consistent part of the rotation behind starters Linval Joseph and Jenkins.