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Jaret Patterson says Chase Young vouched for WFT to sign him

/ by Ethan Cadeaux
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Shortly after the 2021 NFL Draft concluded, former Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson -- who went undrafted -- tweeted out that he was signing with the Washington Football Team.Β 

What Patterson didn't reveal until two days later, though, was who recommended to Washington head coach Ron Rivera that the club should sign the 21-year-old.

That would be Washington star Chase Young.

"[Young] has the right to say that he made this happen as well. He vouched for me, he wanted me to come to Washington," Patterson told ABC7's Scott Abraham.Β "He vouched for me to Coach Rivera, that definitely shows he believes in me and I'm going to put on."

The endorsement of Patterson from Young should come as no surprise. Patterson, who grew up in Prince George's County, has been close with the Washington pass rusher since middle school. The two even spent one season of high school as teammates at St. Vincent Pallotti High School before Young transferred to DeMatha Catholic.

"Since middle school we've been tight. That bond, we went to Pallotti together, experiencing the grind. It kind of just clicked. Even when he went to DeMatha we were still tight," Patterson said.

Shortly after the news broke that Young and Patterson were going to be teammates once again, the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year posted an Instagram story congratulating the running back.

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"From the mud we came..." Young wrote.

Although Patterson is disappointed that he didn't hear his name called as one of the 259 draft picks this weekend, the former Buffalo star is looking forward to representing his hometown team at the sport's highest level.

"It feels amazing to play for your home team. I'm grateful, everything happens for a reason," Patterson said. "This is definitely where I'm supposed to be."