The arrival of Chase Patton at the Chiefs weekend for draftees and undrafted free agents signaled the beginning of a long trek previously completed by the Chiefs’ newest leader behind center — Matt Cassel. Both Chase and Matt are tall QBs — Chase 6-foot-5, 220 pounds; Matt 6-foot-4, 230 pounds — and both were baseball pitchers and elite QBs in high school. They both also had the misfortune of playing behind outstanding QBs in college; Matt behind Heisman winners Matt Leinert and Carson Palmer at USC; Chase behind Heisman finalist Chase Daniel and the incomparable Brad Smith at Mizzou.
Matt Cassel was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots, and in 2008 became the only QB to start an NFL game without starting a game at QB in college. Could undrafted free agent Chase Patton of Mizzou follow in his footsteps? This weekend he had a tryout with the Chiefs, where he, along with other undrafted free agents, also completed a Pro Day-style workout. Here is my excluside post-tryout interview with Chase.
Old Chief: “Good evening, Chase. How was the tryout?”
Chase Patton: “It was a fast weekend. We arrived on Thursday and began signing paperwork and were handed out our equipment. Next we got to meet Todd Haley — very personable, intense and passionate to do things ‘the Chiefs Way.’ There were approximately 30 draftees and free agents attending the camp. On Friday in the morning we had a Pro Day testing reps in the 225-pound bench, 40-yard time, vertical jump and the broad jump.”
Old Chief: “What happened after Pro Day?”
Chase: “We had position meetings. I got the opportunity to meet Chan Galley. He was
simply awesome with complete grasp of offensive football.”
Old Chief: “How many practices did you have?”
Chase: “We had several each day. We went seven on seven as well as all on 11 in helmets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In between we had position meetings and studied the playbook.”
Old Chief: “How were things different than at Mizzou?”
Chase: “First, I had to get used to taking snaps from center because at Mizzou we ran strictly out of the spread. Secondly, I had to get used to having an attached tight end. We only had a few receivers and tight ends so the speed of the practice was down from the tempo in which Coach Haley likes.”
Old Chief: “What do you remember the most about the weekend?”
Chase: “I was impressed of the size and speed of Tyson Jackson, the mental preparation for the professional sport. The notion in the pros is how you deal with adversity and have a short memory. It was a weird feeling wearing the uniform of the team I grew up watching as a boy.”
Old Chief: “Your best memory?”
Chase: “That my final pass of the weekend went for a touchdown.”
Old Chief: “Great!! Good luck, Chase. We at Arrowhe Adaddict appreciate your time!”
Chase has a great future. Beyond being a potential NFL QB, he has already been accepted to dental school and is married to the beautiful former Mizzou track star Ashley Guy-Patton.