The Kansas City Chiefs added another quarterback to their record, reaching agreement on the terms of the contract with former Michigan signal appellant Shea Patterson, agent Bryan Ehrlich announced on Sunday. Patterson, who started four seasons at the college level, was not one of 10 Wolverines selected in the 2020 NFL draft.
Patterson’s academic career was quite interesting. Five-star freshman out of high school, Patterson, who was to wear his first-year red shirt at Ole Miss, was thrown into the starting line-up after Chad Kelly tore up his ACL late in the season. Despite his inexperience, Patterson played well, carrying 880 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in three games.
In the second year, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound quarterback threw a school record 489 yards in the Rebels’ victory over UT Martin. Within two weeks, Patterson threw for 919 yards and nine touchdowns while helping Ole Miss win her first two games. However, things quickly deteriorated, as Patterson suffered a knee injury late in the season when the team lost to the LSU in the middle of the season. At the time of her injury, Patterson was leading the SEC on the way with 2,259 yards.
Due to NCAA offenses by Ole Miss, Patterson was able to transfer to Michigan after the 2017 season without spending a season. He started for two years with the Wolverines, completing 60.1% of his passes for 5,661 yards with 45 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Although he could not help Michigan end his losing streak against rival Ohio State, Patterson helped the Wolverines record 19-7 in their two years under the center.
Hailed for his athleticism and ability to play out of pocket, Patterson’s critics point out his lack of size as well as his lack of consistency as reasons why he may have trouble at the next level. In Kansas City, Patterson will have the chance to learn from two of the best in the industry, head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who hope to become Super Bowl champions in 2020. Patterson will also team up with Chad Henne , another former Wolverine who is entering his 13th season. The Chiefs also recently signed Jordan Ta’amu, who had played in the XFL and was also one of Ole Miss’s teammates at Patterson in 2017.