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Shea Patterson Released From USFL's Michigan Panthers


It was a head-scratching pick on draft day, but the Michigan Panthers went with the hometown kid, selecting Shea Patterson with the first overall pick in the USFL. Patterson had his fair share of struggles with the Michigan Panthers for two years. After going undrafted, he spent some time up in Canada before being drafted to the USFL.

Now, it's looking like his USFL stint has come to an end. In a big move, the Michigan Panthers have cut first overall draft pick Shea Patterson.
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Shea Patterson Cut by Michigan Panthers

Through six weeks, Shea Patterson ranks third in the USFL stats for passing yards, with 973. He finishes his time with the Panthers with a 59.6% completion rate, tossing four touchdowns and five interceptions. Patterson added another 171 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

It was not all bad for Patterson. In Michigan's Week 5 game against the Tampa Bay Bandits, Patterson completed 23-of-37 passes for 304 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for another 46 yards.

The latest tweet from Shea Patterson suggests this isn't the end of the road for his football career, saying "the hustle will be worth it."

It appears he won’t be waiting long, because the New Orleans Breakers have actually claimed Patterson off of waivers.

USFL Standings

North Division

New Jersey Generals (5-1)

Philadelphia Stars (3-3)

Michigan Panthers (1-5)

Pittsburgh Maulers (1-5)

South Division

Birmingham Stallions (6-0)

New Orleans Breakers (4-2)

Tampa Bay Bandits (3-3)

Houston Gamblers (1-5)

Inside the USFL

In this week's episode of Inside the USFL, Birmingham Stallions center and I talked about what really happens during a weather delay, like during USFL Week 6, the mental hurdles of drops or a bad snap, what type of anime McCray likes and more!

The point of our show is to give our audience an inside look at the USFL from someone on the inside. So, if you have any questions you would like answered, drop your questions in the comment section of the YouTube video, and we'll talk about it next week! You can also listen to the show at the links below.

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