Page Purge Puts Patton In PowerAugust 24th, 2014
Rookie wide receiver/returner Solomon Patton didn’t do much against Buffalo yesterday, but he did prove he could take a ferocious hit as a punt returner and hold onto the ball.
It seems that play, and Patton’s consistency (but not greatness) this preseason led to him ousting the NFL’s 13th-ranked full-time punt returner in 2013. Eric Page was cut this afternoon.
Despite his stats, Page never impressed Lovie Smith. Back in May, Lovie said punt returner was “an area of concern” for the team.
Yes, Page made his share of boneheaded moves, but he was 21-years-old coming of major knee surgery when last season began. He made rookie mistakes but still managed to impress often.
Joe wishes Page well and suspects he’ll find a job soon, even if it’s on a practice squad.
Patton will be thrown into the fire. The drilling he absorbed yesterday gives Joe a lot of confidence that the Gators rookie has the right makeup. There’s no Dexter Jackson in that kid.