Dimitri Patterson isn’t just challenging Ellis Hobbs for his starting spot as the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback across from Asante Samuel, he’s ready to take on all comers. After performing well in his first NFL start last week against the Colts, Patterson notched two interceptions in last night’s 59-28 win over the Redskins and took one Donovan McNabb pass back for a touchdown.
“I’m just excited,” Patterson said. “I expected to do that. I expect to come in here and make plays because I knew they were coming at me. I play opposite of Asante, you he’s a good player, [so] they want to see what I’m about. So that’s my goal, I want to show them what I’m about.”
He certainly showed the Redskins and a national audience by picking off a pair of McNabb passes on Monday Night Football, but Patterson says he’s not done yet.
“I have a lot more respect to earn,” Patterson said. “Each week I’m trying to earn these offensive coordinator’s respect. They want to see what I’m about? I’m going to show them what I’m about.”
But now that he’s put together two good games in a row, including the two interceptions, will other teams stop testing him?
“We’ll see,” Patterson said with a huge grin. “I’m going to keep breaking their back. It’s not going to change. You keep coming over there, I’m going to try to break your back, bottom line. I’m not just trying to knock the ball down, I’m going to get it and go score.”
Patterson said that he expected to be picked on both last week and this week, given that he didn’t have as much experience as his counterpart, Asante Samuel.
“I respect the fact that that’s how this league is,” said Patterson. “If you aren’t proven, guess what, offensive coordinators, they want to know what you’re about. So I respect that process, but you know what? They’re going to respect me. If they keep coming over there, they’re going to realize what I’m about. So that’s it, we can keep going all year, it don’t matter. I’ll just keep racking up the stats, as far as I’m concerned.”
Patterson is contributing to an Eagles passing defense that’s done just that. After dealing McNabb just the fifth three interception game of his career, the Eagles sit alone atop the league with 16 interceptions this season. They’ve also held opposing quarterbacks to the third lowest passer rating, 72.8, of any defense in the league.
The scary thing is, the Eagles have done that despite dealing with numerous injuries and lots of new faces. Imagine how good they could be after a few more games of building chemistry.
“We’re not here just to make the playoffs,” Patterson said. “Not with the talent we have. We’re loaded.”
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