Surprise Rookie Standout: Damoun Patterson

If a poll were taken before the first preseason game for who the biggest rookie standout would be, it is very likely Mason Rudolph or Terrell Edmunds would have come out on top. It is also very likely Damoun Patterson would not have been featured in that poll.

As a Steelers fan it is not surprising to see yet another Wide Receiver thrive, over the years the Steelers have become known as experts in developing impact Wide Receivers. Names such as Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster have all been produced by the Steelers.

Patterson went undrafted this year out of Youngstown State he is listed at 6’2” and 190 lbs which is a decent size for a wide receiver. Yesterday, he showed exceptional route running, hands and body control. He finished with 6 Rec on 10 targets for 77 yards and a Touchdown. Of the 10 Targets, 3 were considered uncatchable and the 4th incompletion was a deep ball in which Rudolph slightly over threw him. He showed excellent body control on the touchdown pass from Josh Dobbs and showed toughness on a 4th quarter pass over the middle from Mason Rudolph. He was also was able to create a decent amount of separation on two out routes.

Patterson is currently fighting for a 53 man roster spot but with another strong showing could find himself fighting Eli Rogers for regular season playing time in the slot. The Steelers play next Thursday against the Packers at 8pm, hopefully with all eyes on Patterson he will continue to shine.

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