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How Shea Patterson performed at the Senior Bowl

Some good, and a couple throws Patterson wishes he had back.

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Former Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson participated in the Senior Bowl on Saturday afternoon in Mobile, Alabama.

Patterson was the second quarterback sent into the game for the North team and played the entire second quarter. His day got off to a hot start, finding a wide open Darius Anderson for a 75-yard touchdown.

The following drive didn’t go as well for Patterson, throwing a wobbler of a football too high into the teeth of the secondary. The pass was intercepted.

The last drive of Patterson’s performance featured a near interception on the boundary, a first down run, and a nice throw on the move. The drive netted three points.

On the day, Patterson was 6-of-10 for 131 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception while also rushing for 9 yards. The Senior Bowl game itself doesn’t matter as much to NFL scouts as does the week of practices, prep, and interviews that take place. “Day 2 he struggled at times a little bit, and Day 3 I thought he picked it back up,” Lions quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said this week. “I think he’s one of these guys who has a short memory, which is important, and any mistakes or downturns he just kind of moves on.”

Patterson fumbled multiple snaps early in the week and was deemed inaccurate the first day of practices, but Patterson’s goal is to improve, to get drafted, and to become an NFL starter. “I’m here to prove I’m a starter in the NFL,” Patterson said. “That’s all there is to it. I’m going to work to get there. Obviously, because nothing’s ever given. But that’s how I see myself eventually, whether it’s Year 1 or Year 2 or Year 3.”

We’ll see if NFL scouts believe he has enough upside to warrant a draft pick in the hopes of potentially turning him into a starting QB.