He shouldn’t have played Dan Leberfeld

Cortland – Cornerback Dimitri Patterson’s Jets career got off to a poor start on Thursday, in his first game action, in the Jets’ preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts.

In the first quarter, he gave up a 15-yard gain on a comeback route on the right side to WR Hakeem Nicks. Patterson slipped on the play. Then later in the same quarter, he gave up a 45-yard reception to WR Da’Rick Rogers, on a fly route down the right sideline.

He looked slow on both plays.

The bottom line is he shouldn’t have played in the game.

He was dealing with ankle and calf injuries, and wasn’t running well.

Clearly, considering his injury-prone reputation, he didn’t want to sit out the game, and add fuel to that stigma.

Rex Ryan feels he doesn’t need to feel that way.

“You don’t have to impress us,” Ryan said about Patterson on Saturday.

Patterson spent Saturday’s practice with the trainers, probably where he should have been on Thursday.

Look, I’m not putting him in Canton as a cornerback, but what you saw Thursday, wasn’t the player the Jets signed. He clearly wasn’t himself.