The New York Jets have suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson indefinitely. Patterson was last seen by the team prior to Friday night’s preseason game against the Giants. The Jets reached out to Patterson to make sure everything was fine (which it is), but Patterson failed to respond. On Saturday, the Jets got in touch with him. He reported to the team on Sunday, but general manager John Idzik & co. did not tolerate Patterson’s “unexcused absence“.
Right now, the Jets are really hurting at cornerback, and this doesn’t help the situation. The team can decide to go a few different routes, following the Patterson suspension:
1a. Cut Patterson and wait for a proven cornerback to hit the market, following roster cuts.
1b. Cut Patterson, then explore the possibility of trading for a veteran cornerback.
2. Use the next-man-up philosophy, and see what Walls, Lankster, Lewis, and others can do.
3. Hope Dee Milliner and Antonio Allen heal quickly from their injuries.
Clearly, the Jets brass have some big decisions to make. But don’t count Idzik and Rex Ryan out just yet. If you recall, Idzik’s first big decision as general manager of the New York Jets was a trade involving cornerback Darrelle Revis, and the Jets came away with DROY Sheldon Richardson. I’d say Idzik handled that one pretty well, wouldn’t you?
Every decision that Idzik makes for this franchise will have an impact, and signing Patterson on a one year deal over Antonio Cromartie this offseason is proof of just that.
Jets fans will have to sit tight, and hope/trust/pray that Idzik will make the right decision.