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Jaret Patterson released by Washington Commanders

The UB record-holder will hit free agency after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent last season

After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of UB, Jaret Patterson will look to find a new NFL home.
After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of UB, Jaret Patterson will look to find a new NFL home.

Another chapter has been added to Jaret Patterson’s underdog story, as the former UB standout was waived by the Washington Commanders, the team announced Tuesday. Patterson made Washington’s roster after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2021 but failed to make the 53-man cut this season.

The Glendale, MD native ran for 266 yards and two touchdowns while playing behind Antonio Gibson and J.D McKissic last season. He also caught 10 passes for 73 yards.

In 2020, Patterson received national attention when he ran for 409 yards and eight touchdowns in a record-breaking performance against Kent State. His eight touchdowns tied an NCAA record while his 409 yards in a single game rank second in FBS history.

Standing at 5’9 and weighing just under 200 lbs., Patterson’s story captivated the college football world two years ago. After being under recruited in high school and going undrafted in 2021, the former Bull will continue to play the role of the underdog as he looks to land on another NFL roster.

Patterson wasn’t the only UB alumni released by an NFL team, as defensive end Demone Harris, who played at UB from 2013 to 2018, was waived by the Houston Texans on Tuesday. Harris most notably won Super Bowl LIV with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020.

Anthony DeCicco is the editor-in-chief and can be reached at 

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Anthony DeCicco is the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectrum. His words have appeared in outlets such as SLAM Magazine In 2020, he was awarded First Prize for Sports Column Writing at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards. In his free time, he can be found watching ‘90s Knicks games and reading NFL Mock Drafts at 3 a.m. 



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