Patton cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Cardinals' practice squad, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Patton garnered a consistent snap count with the Chargers last season but was waived by the team to begin training camp. He couldn't make the 53-man roster in Arizona, either, so he'll join A.J. Richardson and JoJo Ward as the team's practice squad receivers.
The Cardinals waived Patton on Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Patton averaged 39.5 snaps over 13 games last season with the Chargers, but he didn't produce much with just six receptions for 56 yards on 17 targets. He was a long shot with Arizona due to its deep receiver room, so he'll seek a depth role elsewhere.
Patton signed a contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old hauled in six receptions for 56 yards in 13 games with the Chargers last season. He'll boost the Cardinals' depth at wideout, but he's decidedly behind the team's top trio of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. With Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson also in the mix, Patton will need to impress in training camp practices in order to stick around.
Patton visited with the Cardinals on Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
Arizona uses primarily three-wide sets, but those starting spots are filled with stalwarts DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. After that trio, the group is inexperienced, so Patton may get a chance to show what he can do in the Cards' offense.
Patton was waived by the Chargers on Saturday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
It's a rather shocking transaction considering many believed Patton to be the frontrunner for the No. 3 WR spot behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The move opens the door for 2020 fifth-round pick Joe Reed to immediately compete for the starting spot, though Popper notes third-year pro Jalen Guyton could fill the speed-stretching role that Travis Benjamin operated in last year.
Patton finished the 2019 season with six catches for 56 yards across 13 games.
It's hardly a pivotal final stat line, but with Travis Benjamin (quad) all but assumed to be an offseason cap casualty, Patton figures to be the de-facto No. 3 receiver behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams next year. A two-year practice squad member, Patton still has a ways to go in order to be a relevant fantasy option, but that could change should the Chargers move away from quarterback Philip Rivers, and an offensive funnel that essentially featured just five players --- Allen, Williams, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Hunter Henry --- the entire season.
Patton caught both of his targets for 18 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Raiders.
Patton now has four receptions in the last three games, although it's a far cry away from the sheer target dominance of Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry, who once again commanded the attention of quarterback Philip Rivers. Patton's offensive snaps continue to rise, but a lack of consistent opportunities makes Patton an unusable fantasy option.
Patton snared his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 39-10 debacle against the Vikings.
Patton made just his second reception since Week 4 despite playing in at least 50 percent of the team's offensive snaps throughout the last seven weeks. The narrow receiving tree doesn't figure to expand significantly if the Chargers ultimately opt to bench their longtime veteran quarterback, Philip Rivers, for a backup option such as Tyrod Taylor.
Patton did not record a catch in the 45-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Despite yet another game playing more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps, Patton was kept out of the box score yet again, with the Week 13 loss against the Broncos marking the only time since taking over as the No. 3 receiver that Patton has recorded a single catch in a game. Considering the Chargers' small target tree, it's safe to say Patton is hardly an attractive fantasy option, even as a potential handcuff to Keenan Allen or Mike Williams.
Patton failed to catch his only target in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Chiefs.
Once again, Patton was the target of a desperate heave from quarterback Philip Rivers, only for the Chiefs' safety to step in front of the pass at the last second. Geremy Davis (hamstring) missed his third consecutive game, which aided in Patton's 74 percent snap share, but with the Chargers operating such a small target tree, it's unlikely the 25-year-old will be a fantasy relevant asset unless multiple injuries occur to player's above him.
Patton failed to reel in any of his four targets in the 26-24 loss Thursday to the Raiders.
While Patton failed to register a single catch in the box score for the sixth consecutive game, Thursday's numbers were certainly misleading. The 25-year-old was the primary target on two deep balls from Philip Rivers, but the veteran quarterback overthrew his intended target on both occasions. Patton's jump in targets came in large part due to the absence of Geremy Davis (hamstring), who was ruled out prior to the game, but it's interesting to see Patton warrant any sort of deep looks, particularly with Travis Benjamin (quadriceps) on injured reserve.
Patton failed to log a target in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Bears.
While Patton's snap count has continued to increase, the former Rutgers receiver was unable to receive a look from Philip Rivers for the second consecutive week, as the quarterback placed an emphasis on getting the ball into the hands of Mike Williams, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry. Patton's fantasy upside will continue to depend on the health of the wide receivers ahead of him on the depth chart.
Patton did not record a target in the loss Sunday to the Titans.
Patton and fellow depth receiver Geremy Davis both saw 20-plus offensive snaps Sunday, but neither managed to earn the attention from quarterback Philip Rivers, who instead opted to focus on Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler and Hunter Henry to the tune of 33 targets. Both Patton and Davis' fantasy upside remains severely dependent on the health of the quartet above them.
Patton (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Patton's ankle injury only kept him out for one game, and he'll be ready for Sunday's road contest against the Titans as long as he doesn't have a setback. Travis Benjamin (quadriceps) didn't practice Wednesday, so Patton could see an increase in usage if Benjamin can't recover in time.
Patton (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Patton was downgraded to doubtful Saturday, so the Chargers promoted Jason Moore from the practice squad to work as the team's No. 5 receiver. Patton will look to get healthy for Week 7's game against the Titans.
Patton (quadriceps) is now listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Steelers.
After logging a full practice Friday, Patton didn't have an injury designation on the Chargers' Friday report. It appears he suffered a setback, however, so the Chargers promoted Jason Moore from the practice squad to fill Patton's void.
Patton (quadriceps) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Steelers, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Patton began the week as a non-participant at practice, but he was able to show enough Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 25-year-old doesn't figure to be significantly involved offensively Sunday with the Chargers' top four wide receivers healthy.
Patton (quadriceps) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.
Patton sat out Wednesday's session, so his limited availability is a step in the right direction towards playing Sunday against the Titans. Even if he does suit up, Patton is merely a depth option in the Chargers' passing game.
Patton (quadriceps) was a non-participant for Wednesday's practice, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Patton played 16 offensive snaps and nine special teams' snaps in Sunday's loss to Denver, and the severity of his injury is still uncertain. The fact that the 25-year-old was unable to practice cast some doubt on his availability for Sunday's matchup with Pittsburgh. As a depth receiver, Patton's potential absence for Week 6 likely won't effect the team from an offensive perspective.
Patton caught two of his four targets for 22 yards in the 30-10 win over Miami on Sunday.
Activated off the practice squad late last week, Patton was forced into an offensive role after Dontrelle Inman's (quad) second half injury. It remains to be if Mike Williams (back) and Travis Benjamin (hip), who were ruled out prior to Sunday's game, will be available next week, but it's entirely possible Patton could wind on the active roster regardless considering the plethora of injuries to the team's skill positions.
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