The Massachusetts Pirates continue to bolster their receiving corps adding wideout Damoun Patterson a former member of the New England Patriots practice squad. The 6’2,” 190 lb. product of Youngstown State began his pro career as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 and was the teams’ leading receiver in the pre-season with nine receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown, but a turf toe injury led to him being released in the final cuts. Looking back on that experience Patterson said, “If I didn’t get turf toe, I think I would have wound up making the Steelers and who knows what my career would have been?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added him to their practice squad for a month and then Patterson signed with the Patriots. He spent ten weeks on the Patriots practice squad and seven times was named practice player of the week. In 2019 his run was extended with a futures contract. “That was like a dream come true, he said. “It didn’t seem real. It didn’t seem like reality at first. It was a blessing; a big old blessing, something that you pray about all the time.”
Now he looks to help the Bay states’ indoor team and Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim hopes that the addition of Patterson will make the club stronger than they are now.
“We are still trying to finalize our receiving corps and think Damoun can help us out with that. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do up here and we’re glad to have him,” Yatim said.
I have a lot to offer,” Patterson added. “I still have a lot in the tank. I’m healthy. I haven’t had any injuries outside of the turf toe so there’s no telling what I can do. I have good hands for sure,” he exclaimed.
Patterson, a deep threat receiver who hails from Apopka, FL. was slated to play in the XFL with the St. Louis BattleHawks, but he became ill during camp and was released. He said he was very sick but it was not diagnosed as corona virus. When he recovered, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League last February.
Patterson first caught the attention of scouts at Youngstown State when he appeared in 26 games with 52 receptions for 1,039 yards and six touchdowns. He also played collegiately at Utah State and Highland College.
When asked what he expects moving into indoor football for the first time, Patterson said, “I’m not sure what to expect. I’m excited, I know that much, I’m excited. I’ve been thinking about this since last week when coach (Head Coach Patrick Pass) hit me up, but I’m not sure what to expect,” he said.
The Pirates next game will be the home opener vs. the Spokane Shock at Phoenix Field at the DCU Center, Saturday May 22 at 7:30 pm.
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