Lucas Patrick has been a very, very underrated and important asset to the Green Bay Packers since he was signed as an undrafted rookie from Duke in 2016.
There are several reasons for this. First of all, it is extremely versatile. Throughout his career, he has evolved into a lineman who can play both center and guard.
Last season, after rookie center Josh Myers suffered a knee injury, Patrick was given the opportunity to step into that role. He started 13 of 17 regular season games and only received four penalties. Exceptional.
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There was a special moment when all Packers fans should have realized that Lucas Patrick was a real Green Bay Packer. In a season-ending game against the Atlanta Falcons in 2018, Aaron Rodgers broke out of the pocket and tried to run for a first down.
As he was about to slide, he took a big hit from a Falcons DB. The first person to get into the player’s face was Lucas Patrick. He wasn’t going to back down from anyone, especially when it came to defending his teammates. Not only is Patrick’s game exceptional when called upon, but his leadership and bond with his teammates is incredible.
In 73 career games and 2,492 career snaps, Patrick has committed just eight total penalties.
Josh Myers is a fantastic young player for the Green Bay Packers. Assuming his knee is healthy next fall, he should definitely be the starting center. But Patrick is irreplaceable. He’s been on the Packers offensive line longer than anyone on the roster besides All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari.
He can play in several positions. He certainly has the support of his teammates. He is a blue collar type player. He’s a true Green Bay Packer. He can’t walk through that door as a free agent. Make it happen Green Bay.