Once hailed second year cornerback Johnny Patrick was put into action after the injury to Greer and was picked on by Romo. Patrick allowed two touchdowns yesterday as well including a game tying pass to wide receiver Miles Austin with 21 seconds left in the game on fourth down.
On both touchdowns Patrick looked lost and was locked in on his receiver, never turning his head around until it was too late. His blank stare after the Austin touchdown to send the game into overtime said it all.
I guess the troubling thing is that everyone, including myself, had high hopes for Patrick after last season and was penciled in as the starting nickel cornerback for this season during training camp.
However rookie cornerback Corey White and Elbert Mack surpassed him on the depth chart and have made more of an impact than Patrick. But like Robinson, Patrick has been inconsistent since camp and the Cowboys game yesterday only highlighted this when he was pressed into more action.
No one including the Saints want to give up on the once favored secondary player and it could be just trying to grasp the scheme of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Hopefully that’s all it is.
Either way, Patrick will have a chance to redeem himself this Sunday in the Saints final game against the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome especially if Greer is still sidelined with a concussion.