Although they may not be a first round draft pick or someone that makes impacts, they still made the team. The National Football League has historically had some of the best athletes in the world. The Green Bay Packers themselves have a historic Franchise. Thirteen championships, four Super Bowl titles, and numerous NFC North/Central Championships make for one legendary franchise. These five under-the-radar players may still have something to prove, either to themselves and/or their critiques. Josh Hawkins, Trevor Davis, Marwin Evans, Kyle Murphy, Lucas Patrick are all players that strive to have a larger impact on the team.
Lucas Patrick was born on July 30th, 1993, where he grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee. He graduated from Brentwood High School in 2011. Graduating from High School, he played football and competed in track and field, Patrick was rated a 3-star prospect. From ESPN.com, he was the number 25 ranked guard in the nation at the time. Not only that, according to Rivals.com he was number 31 in the country as well. He helped bring Brentwood High School to three state playoffs, and was a team captain in his senior year. Patrick eventually committed to Duke University following his Senior Year in High School.
In 2012, Patrick played in his first game in the blue uniform. But, due to a broken ankle, he had to have surgery and missed a significant amount of time. Only playing in the final five games of his 2012 season, he had a huge impact on the offensive line. The Blue Devils by the end of 2012 scored a school single-season record 410 points.
In 2013, Lucas Patrick played the entire season thanks to a hard work ethic and a healthy body. Although he played and was healthy the entire season, he started only one game. This one start was a big deal. It came in Duke’s bowl game against Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. In that game however, the Blue Devils recorded a total of 661 yards of total offense. Also in the same year, the Blue Devils recorded single-season school records in first downs, with 298. Not only that, but they had 5,966 yards of offense, and 459 total points scored by seasons end, all team records. Patrick’s offensive line finished top 5 in the ACC in three different categories. They finished fourth in total offense (426 yards per game); fifth in points scored per game (30+) and fifth in total rushing. Patrick clearly helped the Duke offensive line take a huge step in 2013.
In 2014, Patrick started twelve games for the Blue Devils, helping their offensive line accomplish great things by the end of the year. The Duke offensive line not only led the ACC in tackles for loss allowed per game, but let the nation with 3.15. Duke Also averaged 181.85 yards per rush per game, a school high in almost four decades. Due to hard work, Duke’s rushing attack set another school record in rush yards in a single game with 245. This was a year of records for the Blue Devil offensive line.
In 2015, Patrick was nominated to the ESPN All-Bowl team. He started in all 13 games in his senior year for Duke. By the end of Patrick’s senior year, the Duke offensive line was sixth in the nation in fewest tackles for loss, allowing 4.15 per game. This may have been a step down from 2014, (3.15 yards compared to 4.15) but it nonetheless is impressive. In his career at Duke University, he lettered in four seasons, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He started over half of the games that he played in at Duke (26 out of 44).His consistency should show over time with the Packers, as Patrick started his final 21 games consecutively at left guard.
Lucas Patrick was a rookie last year for the Packers. He signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent on June 1st, 2016. He spent the entire 2016 season the Packers’ practice squad. With T.J. Lang gone, Lucas Patrick should look for his spot on the Packers’ 2017 53-man roster.