Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
I like that comparison more all the time. Body control, smoothness, route running, quickness in and out of breaks, reliable hands, catches the ball away from his body...
The one thing that always stuck out at me, from the very first time I saw him play is that the dude just glides across the football field, you watch some other receivers and they look herky jerky, don't move into their cuts cleanly but Patton has always looked really graceful, no wasted motion whatsoever, that is what reminds me of Reggie Wayne the most. If you want to go way back in the day....James Lofton of the Packers is another guy that Patton reminds me of. Just those smooth movements and transitions, ultimately creating separation from the defensive back who doesn't have the benefit of knowing where the route is going.
Patton's certainly not the fastest, but once he hits top speed, he doesn't seem to slow down, even moving in his cuts, probably the main factor why I thought he could be successful in the NFL, that and his crazy "run through walls" work ethic.