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Former FSU RB Jacques Patrick looking silence doubters

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Doubters have always been great motivators. And for former FSU Running Back Jacques Patrick he’s got plenty of doubters right now about his pro football future. However, Patrick appears to be using all of it in a positive way to get a shot to be on an NFL roster this fall.

After not being invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February, Patrick could have chosen to pout and bemoan not being included.

He did not.

Instead, he used it as motivation and appears to be in fantastic shape having dropped 20 pounds off his 2018 playing weight and running a fast 40 time Thursday:

Patrick, a former Orlando High School star who split time in the backfield with Cam Akers the last two seasons, told the media after the workout:

“At the end of the day, it’s all a blessing to be in this position, to get ready to go to the NFL, preparing for the draft, it’s something that I dreamed about since I was four years old.” Patrick continued, “it just drove me every day. The work I put in, the time I put in, it’s crazy. I lost almost 20 pounds. I was in the 240s at one point and I was training down in Miami and the weight wasn’t coming off fast enough. So, I got a membership to LA Fitness and I would go there and get some cardio in and go to the sauna just to help me get the weight off,”

Our Jamil King wrote in January a year ago that Patrick was smart to come back for a final season at Florida State, because he likely wasn’t going to be very highly drafted off the 2017 season, if at all, back then.

As it turns out Patrick’s numbers were cut in half during Florida State’s dismal showing this past year. Rushing for only 378 yards and a career-low 3.5 average per carry, Patrick knows those are not numbers that are going to make NFL scouts and personnel executives beat his door down to bring him aboard.

No, Patrick has his best hope of being either a late round pick on day three of the draft or getting to a camp situation, as an undrafted player where he can prove some versatility and value. In his 2017 season, Patrick ran for 748 yards and seven touchdowns and also included 21 receptions out of the backfield for an 8.1 average per catch.

No, he’s not Dalvin Cook or Devonta Freeman coming out of Florida State to make an immediate impact on an NFL roster. But Jacques Patrick certainly believes that his size 6’3  and with Florida State’s running back reputation, that he will get a shot somewhere.

And, he’s obviously doing the work in the off-season to give himself the best chance at getting that look.

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