One man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. The old adage could apply here for the Chargers, depending on what the new pick up could do. The New Orleans Saints cut corner back Johnny Patrick yesterday and a day later, the Chargers picked him up.
Patrick was one of the Saints’ third round draft picks back in 2011. He only started one game with the Saints but played in 24 games over two seasons. He recorded 35 tackles overall, with 29 of them coming on defense and 6 coming on special teams. Patrick played his college ball at Louisville where he started from 2008-10.
While he doesn’t add much to the table, Patrick is likely to come in and compete for a roster spot. With Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason’s career on the table, the position will need some filling. If nothing else, Patrick is a viable special teams player and can come in and when players like Marcus Gilchrist need a break.
But who knows, Patrick could step up this off-season and allow the Chargers to use a higher draft pick elsewhere if they think he shows potential. The front office obviously sees something in the 5’11″ 180 pound corner if they picked him up the day after he was released.