Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Corner Patmon Still Proving He Belongs in NFL

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Corner Patmon Still Proving He Belongs in NFL

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Byline: John Reid

On Monday, there were several empty stalls in the Jaguars' locker room at EverBank Field that just a few days ago had been occupied by players trying to make the team.

Gone, too, were several name plates. Instead of staying blank, though, the team's name now filled the spaces.

But free agent cornerback, Tyler Patmon, still had his name in lights above his stall.

And he didn't have to say goodbye.

Patmon was one of the fortunate ones on the bubble who survived the team's final cuts in which the Jaguars had to pare down their 90-man roster to the league-maximum 53-man roster for the much anticipated regular season that begins this week. They also made additional changes on Sunday when they claimed five players off waivers and sign seven players to their practice squad.

Patmon, 26, was back at work on Monday preparing for this Sunday's opener against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium after showing enough promise during both training camp and the four preseason games to earn his spot.

"I know if I wanted to make this team, I had to prove myself every day in practice and games,'' Patmon said. "That's what I set my mind to and tried to do for the whole camp.''

He had little difficulty applying press coverage on receivers. In practices, he combined to lead a secondary ravaged by injuries throughout training camp with seven interceptions, which included two against Blake Bortles on the first day of pads.

Patmon was unable get any interceptions during the four-game preseason schedule, but ended with six tackles.

It was enough for coach Doug Marrone to take notice and keep him among the group of five cornerbacks, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Aaron Colvin and rookie Jalen Myrick, who made the Week 1 roster.

"He's played good football, not only from what you guys have seen in the exhibition games, but in practice,'' Marrone said. "He's worked extremely well, and like I said before, there's always those stories of the guy that maybe you didn't expect or you didn't know."

Patmon, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, has played for five different teams since 2014. But was only able to play two regular seasons with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014-15. …

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