If there’s one thing that makes Lucas Patrick stand out, it’s his giant dolphin dome VICIS helmet; it is just too obscure to ignore.
Look deeper, and you’ll find plenty to appreciate in this win-win addition to the Chicago Bears.
First and foremost, Patrick has the potential to upgrade the entire offensive line through his attitude and leadership.
Coming from the Packers, where he started in 28 games over the past two seasons, Patrick knows how to win in the NFL.
Green Bay Head Coach Matt LaFleur praised the 28-year-old, saying:
“He holds that whole group together. He brings that grit, that toughness.”
At this point in the offseason, the average age of a Chicago offensive lineman is 25. The Bears need leadership in the trenches to set the tone and mold what could become a staple unit in the coming years.
As a bonus, taking Patrick from the Packers serves to hurt Aaron Rodgers’ time in the pocket. The NFC North currently goes through holds back vomit Green Bay, in part because Rodgers has enjoyed remarkable protection in recent history. While Patrick was not originally a starter, he came up big for the Packers when the rest of the unit was banged up. In 911 snaps, he allowed only one sack and had just two holding penalties.
Packers blog writers stressed whether the team should make an offer to retain Patrick (I read their articles so you wouldn’t have to) and often concluded that the price tag would be too high for a depth player. Without Flipper up front, the Packers are an injury or two from putting Rodgers in seriously hot water on every drop-back. Get this guy an insurance agent.
It may be trivial, but I often judge Bears free agents on their attitude toward the franchise.
For example, Cordarrelle Patterson wanted to be a Bear.
Cordarrelle Patterson’s post-win celebration has me cracking up 😂 @ceeflashpee84
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 21, 2020
He embraced the fanbase and gave his best effort for the short time he was with the team.
Akiem Hicks also seemed right at home in Chicago, despite starting his NFL journey elsewhere. These guys are fun to watch and seem to uplift the entire team.
Lucas Patrick wants to be a Bear. As soon as he signed his contract, Patrick added “@chicagobears” to his Instagram. In his opening press conference, he said, “I’ve been on the winning side, [and] I’m going to stay on the winning side.”
Through OTAs, he has noted developing a strong working relationship with Justin Fields. Paired with Luke Getsy, Patrick should feel right at home in Chicago and could earn the honor of “Bear for life.
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