The Kansas City Chiefs have added another player to their quarterback room. According to a new report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Chiefs plan to sign former Michigan Wolverines QB Shea Patterson. Pelissero’s report was later confirmed by Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor. Patterson joins Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne and Jordan Ta’amu in the QB room in Kansas City.
Of the 337 players in attendance at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Shea Patterson was the only remaining player who hadn’t been drafted or signed by a team. Now he’ll get a chance to learn from one of the brightest QB minds in the NFL in Chiefs HC Andy Reid. He’ll also get a chance to learn from one of the best QBs in the league in Mahomes.
Former Michigan QB Shea Patterson is signing with the #Chiefs, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 3, 2020
Patterson spent two seasons with the Ole Miss Rebels, where he was teammates with Ta’amu, before transferring to Michigan. During those two seasons, he started 10 games, completing over 60% of his passes for 3,139 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ta’amu ultimately beat Patterson out for the starting gig at Ole Miss. Once Patterson arrived in Michigan he started 26 games for the Wolverines, completing 706 passes for 5,661 yards, 45 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
On tape Patterson has some great moments, but he has an equal amount of head-scratching moments. Consistency has been a big problem during his career. He’ll have a chance to flesh all of that out in Kansas City, but it’s hard to see him becoming anything more than a practice squad player early in his career.
It’s not a big surprise to me that Brett Veach decided to add Patterson to the mix. NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Patterson to Jeff Garcia, who Reid had for a period of time with the Philadelphia Eagles. Zierlein also said that he’ll need to find an RPO-heavy offense to find success in the NFL and Kansas City has run the highest percentage of RPO plays in the NFL since 2018.
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