CLEVELAND -- This time last year Dimitri Patterson was a starting cornerback of the Cleveland Browns. But he was released during the season under questionable circumstances and was later picked up by the Miami Dolphins.
Patterson made his presence felt as the starting cornerback on the other side with Miami on Sunday. He recorded two key interceptions off Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Dolphins' 23-10 victory.
For Patterson, it was sweet redemption. He was released just a few months after signing a three-year, $16 million contract with Cleveland. Patterson got an opportunity on Sunday to show the Browns that he is still a quality cornerback.
"It’s a good feeling," Patterson said in the visiting locker room after the game. "I’m human at the end of the day. I want to come out and make sure I have a good game [against Cleveland]. But if I go out next week and have a bad game, this game means nothing.
“It wasn’t an all-in type deal, but it was a top priority for me to come out, play well and make an impact in some form or fashion.”
It was a near-perfect day for Patterson until midway through the third quarter. Patterson forced both turnovers in the first half but injured his groin in the third quarter and didn’t return.
“Honestly this had been bothering me since training camp,” Patterson explained. “I’ve been kind of maintenancing it. But it got kind of serious in the third quarter, so they were making sure I don’t pull it. But it’s nothing serious. I will be ready to play.”
When I followed up to ask Patterson about his status for Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. Patterson’s responded by saying, “No doubt about it.”
The Dolphins certainly need Patterson in the lineup. The Colts run a spread offense with stud quarterback Andrew Luck and will provide a stiffer test for Miami’s corners than what Cleveland and Weeden provided.
Patterson's versatility showed in the two and a half quarters. He played on the outside in Miami’s base defense and also inside in nickel formations. Both of his picks were off tipped balls and being in the right spot at the right time.
“He did a nice job,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “He prepared well during the course of the week. He had a good week of practice. So it was good to see him make plays.”