Jaret Patterson had a standout preseason game as an undrafted free agent. But it will take a lot more for his mom Janine, a longtime fan of Washington football, to put him on the family's wall dedicated to her favorite team.
“I’m a fan first,” Janine told NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay in July. “He has to earn to be down there…we gotta win some championships and then we have to go back and get a Super Bowl. We have to in order for him to get up there.”
Before the 22-year-old Maryland native can worry about Super Bowls, he first has to make the team. Patterson signed with Washington after the draft with some help from Chase Young and he’s rewarded his high school teammate’s confidence in him with a strong showing in camp.
He led all players in Washington’s first preseason game with 70 yards from scrimmage on 10 carries and four catches, earning some high praise from head coach Ron Rivera. Even so, Janine wants to see some results on the field before she considers adding him to the wall alongside the likes of John Riggins, Art Monk and Joe Theismann.
“I will say, if he’s gonna be like Rookie of the Year, OK yeah, maybe. Maybe. Maybe,” Janine said. “And if we get a rushing title? Yes, I would. If he goes and leads the team and helps our team to get to the playoffs...yes, maybe.”
Patterson will have another chance to stand out on the NFL stage Friday, when Washington hosts the Cincinnati Bengals for their preseason home opener. Pregame coverage starts at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington beginning with Washington Football Today.