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Jaret Patterson turns heads in Week 1 NFL preseason

Washington Football Team running back Jaret Patterson had a breakout game in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. We recap his performance.

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Already having a good training camp, Washington Football Team running back Jaret Patterson turned some heads in the team’s preseason opener versus New England on Thursday.

The undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Buffalo showed his versatility on multiple fronts within the WFT, potentially earning himself a spot on the final roster. His play drew praises from head coach Ron Rivera and star defensive end Chase Young after the game.

Stats

Patterson got plenty of run on Thursday, playing 27 snaps and making the most of them. He led the team in both rushing and receiving, taking 10 carries for 40 yards and catching four passes for 30 yards.

Analysis

Patterson made an imprint as both a runner and pass-catcher against the Patriots on Thursday and the screen pass play where he made a defender miss is something Washington will probably want to keep in their back pocket moving forward. That is how you make a roster as a UDFA.

Fantasy implications

Even if he makes the final 53-man roster, Patterson will be solidly behind Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, and Peyton Barber on the depth chart to begin the season. However, he’s definitely someone to keep on your radar in season-long leagues for later in the fall when depth and attrition on rosters becomes an issue because of injuries .