Why Shea Patterson Returning To Michigan Was The Right Call

Why Shea Patterson Returning To Michigan Was The Right Call

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Why Shea Patterson Returning To Michigan Was The Right Call

Last week the Michigan Football team got an early Christmas present from their quarterback Shea Patterson. Patterson announced on Twitter that he would be returning to Michigan in 2019 for his senior season, a move that surprised some, but one that was somewhat expected.

The biggest thing when talking about the 2019 NFL Draft class is how defense heavy it is and the quarterback class isn’t very impressive. The top quarterback coming into this years draft, Justin Herbert, still hasn’t announced if he is returning to school or going pro, but he is expected to return to Oregon.

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has emerged as a top quarterback if Herbert returns to Oregon, but Haskins hasn’t announced what his decision is going to be either.

That would put Patterson up higher in the draft than before with two quarterbacks possibly returning to school. Patterson would have a higher chance of getting taken in the first two rounds in 2019 with it being a lackluster class, than in 2020 when Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and many more will be leading a quarterback-heavy class.

But returning to Michigan for another season was the correct call for Patterson, no matter what the other quarterbacks decide to do in the next few weeks.

While he will be competing with other great quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft, Patterson isn’t afraid of competition and he could be one of those top quarterbacks.

2018 was Patterson’s best season in his career, with one game still left to play. Patterson threw for 2,364 yards, 21 touchdowns, and five interceptions along with 66 carries for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

Patterson is coming back to a very good situation on offense and while the defense is losing some key players, they are still in good hands with defensive coordinator Don Brown.

The offense will get four of its five starting offensive linemen returning, as the only departure is right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty who is a fifth-year senior. He will get all of his wide receivers back and with some impressive incoming freshman, the depth at wide receiver is very deep. His tight ends aren’t leaving either and the only minor hole he has is behind him as running back Karan Higdon graduates.

So you only lose one starting offensive lineman and a running back, that isn’t a big loss for a quarterback. Michigan has many offensive linemen that can step in for Bushell-Beatty and we will see somebody already replace him as he isn’t playing in the Peach Bowl, along with the other departure in Higdon as he isn’t playing in the bowl game either.

Michigan will still have Chris Evans and Tru Wilson at running back, but two names to keep an eye on for 2019 at that position is freshman Christian Turner who already has 13 carries for 63 yards and has been impressing coaches at Peach Bowl practices so far and then the incoming freshman and second highest rated player in the class according to 247sports, Zach Charbonnet who could see some action in his first year.

In the end, Patterson is coming back to a very similar offense with only two pieces getting replaced and another off-season to build chemistry with the existing players and incoming freshman. Another off-season to learn the playbook and adjust to any changes made. Another off-season to get stronger, faster, better as a player.

Near the end of the season, Patterson was in the tail end of the Heisman conversation and while he didn’t make the top three, he very well could next season with another year in the winged helmet.

The 2019 Michigan team could be something that nobody will be talking about heading into the season. While the offense will have a majority of the same players, everyone will be talking and worried about the defense losing some of its stars, but when week one rolls around, Brown will showcase that at Michigan they can simply reload on defense when they lose star players.

2018 was very close to being Michigan’s season, just like 2016 was and unlike 2017, 2019 won’t be a down year, it will be a redemption year for the Wolverines and head coach Jim Harbaugh.

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