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 86   David Patten   WR
  Height: 5-10   Weight: 190
  Year: 13   Yrs/Pat: 5
  Acquired: UFA-01 (Cle)
  School: Western Carolina
  Born: Aug 19, 1974  Columbia  SC

Career Transactions

David Patten was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots on Feb. 24, 2010 ... Originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent (3/24/97) ... Released by the New York Giants (8/24/97) ... Signed by the N.Y. Giants to the practice squad (8/25/97) ... Signed by the N.Y. Giants to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (8/27/97) ... Released by the N.Y. Giants (2/10/00) ... Signed by Cleveland as a free agent (4/16/00) ... Signed by New England as a free agent (4/2/01) ... Signed by Washington as an unrestricted free agent (3/3/05) ... Released by Washington (3/22/07) ... Signed by New Orleans as a free agent (4/12/07) ... Released by New Orleans (2/12/09) ... Signed by Cleveland as a free agent (03/23/09) ... Released by Cleveland (9/5/09).

Career Highlights

  • Earned three Super Bowls during his four previous seasons with the Patriots (2001-04).
  • Was on the receiving end of the longest pass play in Patriots history, a 91-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady at Indianapolis on Oct. 21, 2001.
  • Against Indianapolis (10/21/01), had a career-best performance, as he became the sixth player since 1960 - and the first since Walter Payton (10/21/79) - to rush for a touchdown (29 yards), catch a touchdown pass (91, 6 yards) and pass for a touchdown (60 yards, to Troy Brown) in the same game. The 91-yard touchdown grab was the longest play from scrimmage in New England franchise history. He finished with 117 receiving yards and a pair of receiving scores, tying a career best. He accounted for 206 of the team's 385 yards in the contest.


2009 Season

  • Went to training camp with Cleveland but was waived  (9/5/09) prior to the start of the season and spent the season out of football.

2008 Season

2008 (5/3 - New Orleans)

  • Appeared in five games with three starts and was listed as inactive for 11 contests.
  • Hooked up with Drew Brees for a 39-yard touchdown reception for the Saints' first score of the 2008 season, in opener against Tampa Bay (9/7).
  • Had a season-high five receptions for 55 yards the following week at Washington (9/14).

2007 Season

2007 (16/5 - New Orleans)

  • Rebounded with a top-notch season after seeing limited playing time in the previous two seasons with Washington.
  • Played in all 16 games, with five starts.
  • Finished second on the team with 792 receiving yards, had 54 catches (third on club), averaged 14.7 yards per reception (second) and tied for third on the squad with three touchdowns.
  • Posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games.
  • Had two grabs at Tampa Bay (9/16), including a 58-yard catch that was the Saints' longest play of the season.
  • At Atlanta (12/10), recorded career-high totals with nine catches for 122 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees.

2006 Season

2006 (5/0 - Washington)

  • Played in five games for the Redskins, with one reception for 25 yards.
  • Was declared inactive for remaining 11 contests.

2005 Season

2005 (9/7 - Washington)

  • Appeared in nine games for Washington with seven starts before suffering a knee injury and being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 18.
  • Recorded 22 receptions for 217 yards.

2004 season

2004 (16/11, 3/0)

  • Started 11 of 16 games in his final season with New England and had 44 catches for 800 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns.
  • Yardage total was second-highest of his career, and 18.2 per catch average was a career high.
  • Notched five grabs for 113 yards at Buffalo (10/3), including a 30-yard touchdown catch from Tom Brady.
  • Had 107 yards on five receptions and a touchdown vs. Cincinnati (12/12).
  • Played in all three postseason contests, including Super Bowl XXXIX against Philadelphia (2/16/05).

2003 Season

2003 (6/5, 0/0)

  • Started five of six games for New England before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 7.
  • Hauled in a 39-yard pass vs. N.Y. Giants (10/12), part of three-reception, 55-yard performance.

2002 Season

2002 (16/14): Ranked second on the team with a career-high 61 receptions and 824 receiving yards … Led Patriots wide receivers with five touchdown receptions, setting a new career high … Led all Patriots receivers with 13.5 yards per catch … Finished tied with Troy Brown for the team lead with two 100-yard receiving games, vs. Kansas City (9/22) and at Miami (10/6) … 38 of his 61 catches resulted in first downs. N.Y. Jets (9/15): Finished as Patriots second leading receiver in their 44-7 win over the Jets, hauling in four receptions for 65 yards. Kansas City (9/22): Tied a career high with seven receptions and recorded the fourth 100-yard receiving performance of his career (108 yards), as the Patriots beat the Chiefs 41-38 in overtime … Hauled in his first touchdown of the season, a 38-yard touchdown reception … Snared two passes for a total of 35 yards in overtime on New England’s game-winning drive. San Diego (9/29): Tied a career high with seven receptions for 95 yards. Miami (10/6): Registered his second 100-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career, with 102 yards on five receptions … Caught two touchdown passes, which tied his career high (at Indianapolis, 10/21/01) … Grabbed a 34-yard touchdown to give the Patriots their first points of the game and then hooked up with Tom Brady for his second touchdown, snaring a pass from 25 yards out. Buffalo (11/3): Led the Patriots in receiving with six catches for 88 yards in a 38-7 win over the Bills … Kick-started the Patriots second touchdown drive with a 17-yard reception in the first quarter. Chicago (11/10): Made an athletic, tiptoe catch in the back of the end zone to snare a game-winning, 20-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left in the Patriots thrilling 33-30 win over the Bears. Minnesota (11/24): Led all Patriots receivers with five catches and 62 yards in the Patriots 24-17 victory over the Vikings. Buffalo (12/8): Hauled in his fifth touchdown pass of the season in the Patriots 27-17 win over the Bills. Tennessee (12/16): Drew an important, 15-yard pass interference penalty that helped the Patriots advance downfield on their touchdown drive on the opening series of the second half … Made a first-down catch on third-and-four on the Patriots first offensive series. N.Y. Jets (12/22): Led all Patriots receivers with five catches for 38 yards.

2001 Season

Started 14 of 16 regular season games at wide receiver and had a career year, setting highs with 51 catches, 749 yards and four receiving touchdowns … Also notched career-highs with five rushes, 67 yards and one touchdown … Attempted two passes and completed one for a 60 yard touchdown to Troy Brown (vs. Indianapolis, 10/21) … Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and Miller Lite Player of the Week following his performance at Indianapolis (10/21) when he became only the sixth player in the NFL since 1960 to pass, catch and rush for a touchdown in one game … Added 13 receptions for 154 yards (11.8 avg.) and two touchdowns during the postseason. Cincinnati (9/9): Made Patriots debut with start at wide receiver … Recorded a 32-yard reception on drive in second quarter that culminated in an Adam Vinatieri 39-yard field goal. Indianapolis (9/30): Rushed for 11 yards and a first down on a reverse, extending a drive that ended in an Antowain Smith 4-yard touchdown run … Drew a 26-yard pass interference penalty on a drive that ended in an Adam Vinatieri 47-yard field goal. San Diego (10/14): Tied a career-high with seven receptions for 73 yards in the Patriots 29-26 overtime victory … Drew a pass interference penalty on drive in overtime that covered 37 yards. Indianapolis (10/21): Became only the sixth player since 1960 and the first since Walter Payton (10/21/79, vs. Minn.) to rush for a touchdown (29 yards), catch a touchdown pass (91 yards) and pass for a touchdown (60 yards to Troy Brown) in one game … 91-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady is the longest play from scrimmage in Patriots franchise history. The previous long was a 90-yard reception by Craig James from Tony Eason (9/15/85) … Eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time as a Patriot and the third time in his career with a career-high 117-yards receiving … His rushing touchdown was the first by a Patriots wide receiver since Irving Fryar ran 8-yards for a score at Seattle (11/17/85) … His touchdown pass was the first by a Patriots player other than a quarterback since running back David Meggett threw a 35-yard pass to Troy Brown versus the Dolphins (11/23/97) … He totaled 206 of the team’s 385 yards in the game, scored three touchdowns himself and threw for another. Denver (10/28): Collected five receptions for 62 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception … Rushed once for 13 yards. St. Louis (11/18): Snared a 10-yard touchdown pass along with a team-long 27-yard reception against the Rams. New Orleans (11/25): Drew two pass interference penalties against the Saints each extending drives which resulted in touchdowns. New York (12/2): Accumulated a team-high 60 yards receiving on six catches in the Patriots 17-16 victory over the N.Y. Jets. Carolina (1/6): Recorded a game-high 54 yards receiving on four catches in the Patriots 38-6 victory over the Panthers. Oakland (1/19): Amassed eight catches for a game-high 107 yards receiving … His receiving performance was the fourth-highest single-game receiving total in Patriots postseason history … All eight of his catches resulted in first downs, including a 6-yard grab on fourth-and-four, extending their game-winning field goal drive. Pittsburgh (1/27): Snared an 11-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe. St. Louis (2/3): Grabbed an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the Patriots 20-17 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI … Also recorded a game-long 22 yard rush.

2000 Season

With Cleveland Browns: Caught 38 receptions for 546 yards while starting 10 of 14 games at wide receiver for the Browns ... Recorded the first two 100-yard games of his career, 113 vs. Baltimore (10/1) and 103 vs. Philadelphia (12/10) ... Finished second on the Browns with 22 kickoff returns for 469 yards (21.3 avg.). Jacksonville (9/3): Started at wide receiver in his first game with the Browns, as the Browns opened in a three-receiver set and caught two passes for nine yards ... Also returned two kickoffs for 38 yards (19.0 avg.). Cincinnati (9/10): Established a then career-high of 95 yards receiving on three receptions while starting at wide receiver ... Opened the game with a career-high 65-yard reception ... Added one kickoff return for 22 yards. Pittsburgh (9/17): Recorded three receptions for 81 yards (27.0 avg.), including a long of 38 yards ... Caught a 38-yard pass on third-and-three, extending the Browns opening drive, which resulted in a touchdown ... Recorded a clutch 36-yard catch on third-and-11 in the fourth quarter, helping the Browns get in position for field goal which tied the game at 20 ... Returned three kickoffs for 114 yards, including a long of 62 yards. Baltimore (10/1): Started at wide receiver and led the club with seven receptions for 113 yards (16.1 avg.) ... It was his first of two 100 yard receiving games of the season ... His seven receptions and 113 yards were both career highs ... Added three kickoff returns for 61 yards (20.3 avg.). Denver (10/15): Started at wide receiver and had four receptions for 54 yards (13.5 avg.). Philadelphia (12/10): Started at wide receiver and led the team with seven receptions for 103 yards (14.7 avg.) and one touchdown ... His seven receptions tied a career-high ... His 103 yards receiving marked the second time during his career he eclisped 100 yards receiving ... Six of his seven receptions were for first downs ... On a seven-play, 74-yard scoring drive, he caught three passes for 40 yards, including his 9-yard touchdown pass.

1999 Season

With New York Giants: Participated in all 16 games and led the team with 33 kickoff returns for 673 yards (20.4 avg.) ... Also caught nine passes for 115 yards (12.8 avg.). New England (9/26): Returned three kickoffs for 74 yards. Washington (11/21): Finished with a season-high three receptions for 51 yards and also returned two kickoffs for 53 yards. Arizona (11/28): Returned a career-high six kickoffs for 105 yards and add two receptions for 21 yards. N.Y. Jets (12/5): Attempted his first career rush and gained 27 yards.

1998 Season

With New York Giants: Played in 12 games as the Giants primary kickoff returner with 43 returns for 928 yards, including a 90-yard return for a touchdown at Washington (11/1) ... Totaled 11 receptions for 119 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown reception ... Missed two games with a back injury and the final two games with a knee injury. Washington (9/6): Awarded a special teams game ball by the coaching staff after he returned five kicks for 131 yards, including a 46-yard return to open the second half. Atlanta (10/11): Registered three receptions for 59 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown reception. Washington (11/1): Recorded a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and caught one pass for eight yards. Denver (12/13): Suffered an injured knee during the last kickoff return and was placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 16, missing the final two games of the year.

1997 Season

With New York Giants: Played in all 16 games with three starts and was utilized as a kickoff returner and wide receiver ... Caught 13 passes for 226 yards, with two touchdowns ... Returned eight kickoffs for 123 yards. St. Louis (9/21): Saw his first regular-season action as a third wide receiver after Thomas Lewis (toe) left the game in the second half. Arizona (10/12): Posted a team-high three receptions for 66 yards, including his first NFL reception, a 9-yard touchdown pass. Philadelphia (12/7): Made his first NFL start when he was inserted into the lineup in place of Kevin Alexander and finished with three receptions for 54 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown catch. Minnesota (12/27): Started at wide receiver in the Wild Card playoff game and recorded five receptions for 86 yards.

1996 Season

With Albany Firebirds (AFL): Was used as a defensive back and as a wide receiver.


  • Four-year letterman at Western Carolina (1991-94), finishing his career with 14 touchdown receptions which tied for ninth in school history upon his departure.
  • As a senior in 1994, named All-Southern Conference with 59 catches for 881 yards.
  • Led the conference his final season with an average of 88.7 receiving yards per contest.
  • Ranked sixth in the Southern Conference as a junior by averaging 3.6 catches per game.
  • Majored in social work.


  • Born August 19, 1974 in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • In 1995, spent time working in the landscaping business, as an electrician and hauling 75-pound bags in a coffee bean factory until joining the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League in 1996.
  • With the Firebirds, he played both defensive back and wide receiver before signing with the New York Giants in 1997.
  • Married (Gailena) with three sons, Daquan, Quintin and David, and a daughter, Mia.