The Colts today inked free agent cornerback Eric Patterson.
Patterson, 5-10, 193 pounds, originally signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015 and was waived by the team on June 9, 2015.
He played in 41 games (28 starts) at Ball State and finished with 189 tackles (135 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 27 passes defensed, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. In 2014, Patterson started all nine games he played in and garnered All-Mid-American Conference third-team honors after registering 49 tackles (37 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, eight passes defensed, three interceptions and one forced fumble. Additionally, he returned 23 kickoffs for 590 yards (25.7 avg.) en route to being named All-MAC first-team as a kick returner. Patterson was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week after the Central Michigan game in which he led the Cardinals with 10 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble. As a junior in 2013, Patterson saw action in 12 games (nine starts) and had 63 tackles (42 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, eight passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble. He was an All-MAC third team selection in 2012 after starting 10-of-13 games and recording 61 tackles (45 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Patterson played in seven games as a freshman and tallied 16 tackles (11 solo).