Andy Reid Names Dimitri Patterson Starting Corner

Written By Bob Cunningham On Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Patterson will be the starting right corner Sunday.

After two very good games from Dimitri Patterson that included 11 tackles, two interceptions, and one touchdown, Ellis Hobbs finds himself on the outside looking in as head coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday that Patterson would continue to be the starting right cornerback.

"Dimitri is [the starter]," Reid said. "Ellis, we're going to ease him back in and he's going to be out there. You'll see him returning a little bit and we'll see how he does with that. We'll just see how he does this week. He's a little better this week than he was last week. He's feeling a little bit better than what he has. So we'll just ease him in and see how he does."

At this point in the season, it's the right move. Like Michael Vick taking over for Kevin Kolb or Antonio Dixon taking over for Brodrick Bunkley, Patterson proved his worth when given the chance and, at least in the short-term, is an improvement.

Not being afraid to make the tough call is what makes an average team good, or a good team great, and Reid has shown he's not willing to bend to football clich├ęs and will in fact stick with an injury replacement.

The big question now is whether or not Patterson can keep up his stellar play and keep Hobbs on the sideline, or if he'll tail off and eventually give way to the average but mostly consistent Hobbs.

In other injury news...

Reid also announced that Ernie Sims has a slight ankle sprain but will practice, as will starting free safety Nate Allen.
Max Jean-Gilles is also going to be practicing and Reid said he could rotate with Nick Cole this Sunday against the New York Giants. Running back LeSean McCoy and defensive end Juqua Parker both got the day off.

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