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Jaret Patterson continues to make strong case to make 53-man roster in Week 2 NFL preseason

Washington RB Jaret Patterson had a tremendous all-around outing in Week 2 of the NFL preseason. We recap his performance.

Jaret Patterson #35 of the Washington Football Team rushes the ball in the second half during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on August 20, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Washington Football Team came away with their first preseason victory on Friday night as they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 17-13. One of the players who stood out for WFT was undrafted free agent running back Jaret Patterson.

Patterson had a solid preseason debut against the Patriots last week and continued it against the Bengals with 133 all-purpose yards. WFT already has their feature back in Antonio Gibson, but after that it’s wide open on the depth chart.

Stats

Patterson had a game-high 71 yards on 16 carries (4.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He also added three receptions (three targets) for 25 yards and had a 37-yard kickoff return.

Analysis

Patterson has picked up where he left off at the University of Buffalo in the preseason. The 5-foot-8 running back showed in college that he could carry a heavy workload and thus far in the preseason, he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Patterson gives WFT another option in the backfield, who can be effective in both the running and passing games.

The undrafted free agent has outperformed veterans J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber and is the perfect complement to Gibson. Patterson shows patience when running the ball and can run in between the tackles. The University of Buffalo standout will have good value this year as a RB2/FLEX option for a Washington offense that uses the running back a lot in a variety of ways.