Packers Profile: Lucas Patrick

A profile of Packers guard Lucas Patrick.

The Tape

  • Position: Guard
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 6’ 3”
  • Weight: 313 
  • 40-yard Dash: 5.26 seconds 
  • Vertical Jump: 29”
  • Broad Jump: 8’ 10” 
  • Bench Press: 29 reps at 225 pounds

The Roots

Lucas Patrick was born and raised in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville.  During his prep career, Patrick was a three-year letter winner on the varsity football team for Brentwood High School.  Patrick also participated on the varsity track & field team.  He started receiving interest from colleges after his junior year of high school.  The interest came from Duke, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Arkansas.  After his senior year of play, Patrick was highly ranked nationally as an offensive guard by both ESPN.com and Rivals.com and was a first-team All-State selection in Tennessee.  He was invited to and played in the state’s East vs West All-Star Classic game and was named one of the captains of his squad.

Patrick committed to Duke University where he wanted a mix of great academics, a small town feel and a great football program to play for.  After being redshirted his freshman year, he went on to letter all four seasons with the Blue Devils program.  During the spring of his redshirt year, he fractured his ankle and surgery was required, but Patrick would still go on to appear in the final five games of redshirt freshman year that coming fall.  He also saw playing time his sophomore year while starting one game at right tackle.  He would continue into his junior year with the Blue Devils program by starting 12 games at left guard while missing one game due to injury.  Then as a senior, he would start all 13 games for the team at left guard.

As his Duke career ended, Patrick would finish his run as a Blue Devil with 21 consecutive games started on their offensive line.  During his career with the program, he was part of the line of players that helped turn the program into a winner in the ACC and during his four seasons, the team played in four bowl games.  Academically, Patrick would leave the school with a degree in history and teaching.

Following his senior season, Patrick was set to hang up his cleats and hit the real world workforce.  At that time, his offensive line coach coaxed him into working out to enter the NFL draft.  The advice from his coach was that he only has one shot to make the NFL and Patrick would by lying to himself if he didn’t give it his all to try and make a team.

With that advice, Patrick spent the winter and spring following his senior season working out while attending school and holding down a job.  As the 2016 draft came and went, Patrick never got the call that he would be drafted.  Then, immediately following the draft, he never got the call to sign as an undrafted free agent.  The call he did receive was to join the Packers at their rookie orientation camp.  After participating, Patrick returned home thinking he would not be extended a contract offer so he began preparing to find a job.  But two weeks after the rookie orientation camp, he received the offer from the Packers.

Two Years With The Packers

Patrick entered training camp with the Packers in 2016 as an extreme longshot to make the team.  The team had solidified starters at most of the slots on the line plus the team had drafted two tackles in the draft in Jason Spriggs and Kyle Murphy.  As training camp progressed and the preseason games came and went, Patrick did some impressive things for the coaching staff to take notice.  When the final cuts came prior to the start of the 2016 season, Patrick didn’t make the final 53-man roster.  But, he did do enough for the coaching staff of the team to sign him to the practice squad after clearing waivers.  He would go on to finish the 2016 campaign on the practice squad.

Heading into his second year with the Packers, Patrick once again faced long odds to make the team.  He would proceed through training camp and the preseason in 2017 by impressing the coaches again.  As fate would have it for the young guard with some injuries during the preseason, he would make the final 53-man roster heading into the 2017 regular season as a backup guard. 

Shortly into the 2017 season, due to another streak of injuries on the offensive line, Patrick would find himself starting the Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears.  As the season progressed, Patrick would start one more game in the season finale in Detroit as well as get relief work at various points throughout the season.  During the week 16 matchup against the Vikings, Patrick would come into the game early due to injuries and he performed admirably against the great Minnesota defensive front.

Obviously wanting another look at the young guard heading into his third year in the league, the Packers recently tendered him for the coming season.  He’ll get another chance to make an impact throughout training camp and the preseason in hopes to mark a solidified spot on the Packers roster.

The Future

Similar to his team roommate Justin McCray, the future for Lucas Patrick will probably be contingent on his performance during the upcoming training camp and preseason.  There will likely be some turnover on the offensive line and potentially a draft pick or two spent on the offensive line.  With the solidified talent coming back at some positions, the competition may be stiff for a spot or two on the offensive line as well as the backups on the roster.

Patrick does bring some great qualities that a team should covet in brains and work ethic.  But in the end, the play on the field will ultimately be the final test for him to solidify a spot for the future on the Packers roster. 

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Ryan Brunner is an avid Packers fan hailing from Chippewa Falls, WI.  He is a firm believer that punters are NFL players too!  Follow him on Twitter @brunwardo

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TheVOR's picture

March 23, 2018 at 01:26 pm

I like this player a lot, thought he played well in limited action. Needs to keep growing in the job and get his reps.. He could in fact be the RG of the future, wouldn't surprise me a bit, the Packers are high on him.

As mentioned in the article, he'll have to perform in camp, and I see no reason he won't respond to the bell. I like this player!

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The TKstinator's picture

March 23, 2018 at 01:53 pm

Superb mustache.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2018 at 02:00 pm

I need to downvote that comment.

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The TKstinator's picture

March 23, 2018 at 09:16 pm

Oxymoronic?

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lou's picture

March 23, 2018 at 03:49 pm

It is hard when you have to force feed these guys but it does let you know quickly if they have a chance to play in the NFL, that is the positive part. He held his own and deserves more opportunities just like McCray. We did the same with Lane Taylor, now he is not only a solid starter but slid to tackle in an emergency and did well. I still think Murphy assuming his foot is healed is the leader for the RG spot going into camp. However based on Sprigg's poor play and Bulaga's injury Murphy may be the RT instead.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 23, 2018 at 03:52 pm

Love his name.....

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4zone's picture

March 23, 2018 at 04:44 pm

Isn't he our backup Center as well?

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Dzehren's picture

March 23, 2018 at 07:19 pm

Was wondering the same thing

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Slim11's picture

March 24, 2018 at 08:11 am

No...that will be Jeff Janis!

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