Jaret Patterson is a do-it-all running back that capped off a historic career in 2020. Compact build, but often high runner when in the clear, he displays plenty of variance with his running style and can change up depending on the matchup. Patterson is highly effective in between the tackle and in tight spaces, where he’s shown to be capable of maneuvering his way through multiple levels of trash in order to come out clean. He plays with caution when it comes to ball security and often keeps the ball high and tight. One of his best attributes is his lower half and footwork. They always remain hot, active, and ready. Combined with his sufficient contact balance, he’s able to create extra opportunities that weren’t originally present because of his strong frame overall. An easy hands-catcher out of the backfield, he can frequently become involved in the passing game. While racking up lots of yardage, Patterson doesn’t have a lot of gears to his speed package. His ability to create hidden yardage enables him to take advantage of yardage that’s there, and as a result, he’s able to outrace defenders soon afterward—but there aren’t considerable amounts of separation created. Patterson is more of a build-up runner than an instant accelerator who can run away from the opposition.
Ideal Role: No. 2 RB in a committee.
Scheme Fit: Versatile.
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