Jaret Patterson

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Jaret Patterson
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Patterson with the Washington Football Team in 2021
No. 32 – Washington Commanders
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1999-12-23) December 23, 1999 (age 22)
Glenn Dale, Maryland
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, Maryland)
College:Buffalo (2018–2020)
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Rushing yards:266
Rushing average:3.9
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receiving yards:73
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jaret Patterson (born December 23, 1999) is an American football running back for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Buffalo and signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2021. Alongside Howard Griffith, Patterson holds the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game with eight.

Early years[edit]

Patterson attended St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland, where he played football with future NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young,[1] Patterson rushed for 2,045 yards and 23 touchdowns in his senior season. In a game against Riverdale Baptist he accounted for 558 all-purpose yards. Patterson was named an All-State Honorable Mention.[2] He committed to the University at Buffalo to play college football in the Mid-American Conference. Patterson was not as heavily recruited out of high school compared to his twin brother James and the two were recruited to Buffalo as a package deal.[3]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jaret Patterson
Laurel, Maryland St. Vincent Pallotti 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: N/A  247Sports: 3158[4]  ESPN: N/A
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Jaret Patterson, 2017". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 1, 2021.

College career[edit]

Patterson and his brother grayshirted in the fall of 2017 and joined the team full-time for spring practice in 2018.[5] In his freshman season in 2018, Patterson rushed for 1,013 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and named to the All-MAC Second Team. He returned as Buffalo's starting running back in 2019 and had the best season by a running back in school history by rushing for a single-season school record 1,799 yards and scoring 19 rushing touchdowns, also a school record. He led the MAC and ranked fifth in the nation in rushing yards on his way to being named to the All-MAC First Team.[6] In the 2019 Bahamas Bowl, Patterson rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a Buffalo win, their first bowl win in program history, and received the game's offensive MVP award.[7]

On November 28, 2020, Patterson tied Howard Griffith's FBS single-game record with eight rushing touchdowns against the Kent State Golden Flashes in a 70–41 win. Patterson finished the game with 36 carries for 409 yards, 18 yards short of the single-game FBS record held by former Oklahoma Sooners running back Samaje Perine in 2014.[8] Patterson was forced to sit out Buffalo's appearance in the 2020 Camellia Bowl, due to knee issues.[9] Following the season, Patterson was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year and was given the Vern Smith Leadership Award as the conference's most valuable player.[10] Patterson declared for the 2021 NFL Draft following his junior year.[11]


Buffalo Bulls[12]
  • Most rushing yards in a single game (409)
  • Most rushing yards in a single season (1,799)
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a single season (19)
  • Tied for most touchdowns in a single game (8)[13]
Year Rushing Receiving
G Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2018 14 183 1,013 5.5 64 14 7 62 8.9 23 0
2019 13 312 1,799 5.8 82 19 13 209 16.1 61 1
2020 6 141 1,072 7.6 67 19 0 0 0.0 0 0
Career 33 636 3,884 6.1 82 52 20 271 13.6 61 1

Professional career[edit]

Patterson after scoring a touchdown in 2022.
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 6+12 in
(1.69 m)
195 lb
(88 kg)
28+34 in
(0.73 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.59 s 1.58 s 2.45 s 4.35 s 7.03 s 30.0 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
19 reps
All values from Pro Day[14][15]

Patterson signed with the Washington Football Team on May 3, 2021, after going unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft.[16] Patterson performed well enough in the 2021 preseason to receive praise from head coach Ron Rivera. He was ultimately named to the team's final roster over veteran running back Peyton Barber.[17]

Prior to the first game of the regular season, Patterson was listed as the third running back on the depth chart behind Antonio Gibson and J. D. McKissic.[18] He made his pro football debut in the first week of the season with two rushes for nine yards on four offensive snaps.[19] After playing only on special teams in the following two games, he recorded his first reception in the fourth week of the season on the first target of his career. It was good for eleven yards and a first down.[19] In the eighth week of the season, he recorded season-highs with eleven rushing attempts and 46 rushing yards.[19] In the Week 15 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Patterson fumbled for the first time in his NFL career but also scored his first career touchdown on a fourth-quarter carry from the one-yard line.[19][20] Patterson would get his first career start in Week 17 against the Eagles in place of Antonio Gibson, who was on the team's COVID-19 reserve list. In the game, he recorded 57 rushing yards on 12 carries, his second career touchdown, and 41 receiving yards on five receptions.[21]


  1. ^ Cadeaux, Ethan. "Jaret Patterson says Chase Young vouched for WFT to sign him". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  2. ^ Lenzi, Rachel (August 26, 2019). "'I'm his keeper. He's my keeper.' How twins Jaret and James Patterson came to UB football". Buffalo News (published August 25, 2019). Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Buffalo's under-recruited Patterson is hard to ignore now". AP NEWS. 2020-12-01. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  4. ^ "Jaret Patterson, St. Vincent Pallotti, Athlete". 247Sports. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  5. ^ Louis-Jacques, Marcel (3 May 2021). "Meet the 5-foot-7 running back on a mission to play in NFL: 'Don't bet against Jaret Patterson'". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  6. ^ Demos, Khari (April 8, 2020). "Patterson, Simpson still upbeat after Bulls' short spring season". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Wawrow, John (April 8, 2020). "Patterson rushes Buffalo's expectations and Bahamas Bowl". Yahoo News. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Werner, Barry (2020-11-28). "Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson erupts for record-tying 8 TDs, 409 rushing yards". Touchdown Wire. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  9. ^ @BoPeliniBurner (December 25, 2020). "Buffalo without RB Jaret Patterson today due to knee injury he received during the MAC Championship" (Tweet). Retrieved December 25, 2020 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Lenzi, Rachel (December 15, 2020). "UB's Jaret Patterson wins MAC Most Valuable Player, Lance Leipold is Coach of the Year". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson declares for 2021 NFL draft". The Draft Wire. 2020-12-30. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  12. ^ "Jaret Patterson". UB Bulls. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  13. ^ Kercheval, Ben. "Buffalo's Jaret Patterson makes history, ties FBS single-game touchdown record with second-most yards all-time". CBS Sports. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Jaret Patterson Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  15. ^ "Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, RB, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  16. ^ Alper, Josh. "Washington signs Jaret Patterson". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  17. ^ Goodbread, Chase (August 31, 2021). "Washington releases RB Peyton Barber; Jaret Patterson to back up Antonio Gibson". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  18. ^ Jennings, Scott (7 September 2021). "Washington Football Team Updates Depth Chart before Week 1". Hogs Haven. SB Nation. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  19. ^ a b c d "Jaret Patterson 2021 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  20. ^ "Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles - December 21st, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  21. ^ Washington Football Team Public Relations (January 3, 2022). "Washington-Eagles Monday Stats Pack". Washington Commanders. Retrieved February 2, 2022.

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