Chargers claim CB Johnny Patrick off waivers

2/20/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The New Orleans Saints may have future plans that don’t involve Johnny Patrick but other teams are willing to take a chance on the cornerback. Just a day after losing his first NFL job, Johnny Patrick has already landed on the offseason roster with another team.
The San Diego Chargers put in a successful waiver claim for Johnny Patrick on Wednesday, making him the most recent addition to the team’s 90-man roster. It is also the first player move taken by the San Diego Chargers new general manager Tom Telesco.
The New Orleans Saints selected Johnny Patrick in the third-round of the 2009 drafts out of Louisville. Johnny Patrick played nine games as a rookie, but failed to move up the depth chart during his time in in New Orleans. The 5-11, 190-pound Johnny Patrick appeared in 15 games, including one start while playing 218 snaps last season. Johnny Patrick compiled 30 tackles and two pass defenses during the past two seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Johnny Patrick doesn’t exactly come off in great light when considering he failed to keep his job on a New Orleans Saints secondary that often struggled last season, and cost the Saints an inexpensive $550,000 base salary for 2013. The New Orleans Saints had one of the worst defenses in NFL history last season. They ranked last in rushing yards allowed and net yards per pass attempt last year.
However, Johnny Patrick may have a shot at climbing up the San Diego Chargers’ depth chart. San Diego Chargers starting cornerbacks Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer are set to become free agents. While Johnny Patrick is a long shot for the starting job, with veteran cornerbacks Marcus Gilchrest and Shareece Wright still on the roster, don’t count him yet out of the competition during San Diego Chargers’ camp.
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