After a strong showing in Week 1 of the preseason, undrafted running back Jaret Patterson broke out in Week 2 against the Bengals and earned a fair amount of praise from coaches and teammates.
The 21-year-old tallied 71 rushing yards, 25 rushing yards and punched in a touchdown on a goal-line run. He also threw in a nice kick return in his first rep of the preseason, further strengthening his case for a spot on the 53-man roster.
"I thought he was solid, I really did," head coach Ron Rivera said after the game. "He's an explosive, dynamic young back and we gave him some opportunities early on with the first bunch and he did a nice job with that. Then when the second bunch was in there I thought he really showed his ability.
"Again, you've got to be able to do that consistently, and so we'll see. He'll get some more opportunities, we still have one more preseason game to go."
As impressive as Patterson was on offense, the juice he displayed on the kick return could be a major factor in him making the team, as it's always a plus for those bottom-of-the-depth-chart type players to provide value on special teams. Some even went as far as comparing him to former Washington return ace Brian Mitchell.
"The whole thing is trying to get this ball and get it upfield," Mitchell said breaking down Patterson's kick return. "Watch, he catches it and first step is up the field and he's taking no wasted motion. He sees the gap and you watch him, he's gonna get it.
"There's no wasted motion, he gets the ball he gets upfield and tries to get what he can."
Patterson will have one more preseason game to state his case for a roster spot, but at this point, it's hard to pick a more productive player on Washington in these tune-up games. He's up to 166 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown for his hometown team entering the preseason finale next week.
“I love that guy," fellow rookie Dyami Brown said. "I tell him every time, ‘you’re the one, you’re special.’ He runs the ball hard.”