Pat Devlin
Devlin at Delaware
No. 9, 7     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Delaware
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Miami Dolphins ( 2011 2014)
Career highlights and awards
* CAA Offensive Player of the Year (2010)

Patrick Ryan Devlin (born April 12, 1988) is a former American football quarterback. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He started at quarterback for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens of the University of Delaware. He was recruited to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions out of Downingtown East High School. Having set the Pennsylvania high school career passing yards record with 8,162 career yards, Devlin was a highly touted recruit. Devlin played two seasons at Penn State before deciding to transfer to Delaware.

College careerEdit

Penn StateEdit


After redshirting the 2006 season, Devlin was listed as the third-string quarterback behind Anthony Morelli and Daryll Clark in 2007. Devlin saw action in games against Florida International, Wisconsin, and Temple, but accumulated few statistics.


In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2008 season, controversy swirled around the Nittany Lions' starting quarterback position. Daryll Clark, the more experienced and agile quarterback was being weighed against the younger, more prolific passing threat in Devlin. In the end, Penn State coach Joe Paterno chose to start Daryll Clark while having him split as much time with Devlin as would be possible.[1] Lopsided victories in the first four games of the 2008 season provided Devlin with much playing time. In games against Coastal Carolina, Oregon State, Syracuse, and Temple, Devlin threw for 260 yards and was 18 of 35.[2] When Clark was forced out in the fourth quarter of the Nittany Lions' crucial game versus Ohio State due to a concussion, Devlin led the team on a go-ahead drive that was culminated by his own 1-yard touchdown run.[3] He also had some playing time against Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Michigan State. Devlin appeared in ten games for the Nittany Lions, passing for 459 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Devlin decided to transfer from Penn State prior to the 2009 Rose Bowl.[4]



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Devlin signed with the University of Delaware on February 4, 2009 to play for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team.[5]

Devlin led the 2009 squad to a 6–5 record.[6] Devlin started all eleven games for the Blue Hens, passing for 2,664 yards, sixteen touchdowns, and nine interceptions.[7] In the final game of the season against Villanova University, Devlin passed for Delaware school records in completions (42) and attempts (58) and threw for 407 yards.[8] Devlin was named the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season,[9] and led the league in passing average per game (242.2 yards) and total offense per game (253.7 yards).[10] He also was honored as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I – Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Week.[11] The Sports Network wrote that "Devlin has put some teeth back into the Blue Hen passing attack with his accurate throws and on-field leadership",[12] and included him as a finalist in the voting for the 2009 Walter Payton Award,[13] given to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). In November 2009, Devlin was honored as the local College Player of the Year by the Eagles Fly for Leukemia program, an organization supporting pediatric cancer and leukemia research in the Delaware Valley.[14]


In June, Devlin was selected to the Consensus Draft Services Pre-Season NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision pre-season honorable mention All-American. The team is made up of players at the FCS level who the CDS staff predicts will be among the top players in the nation and have a chance to be selected in the National Football League Draft in April 2011.[15] In July, Devlin was placed on the watchlists for the Walter Payton Award[16] and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.[17]

In the season's first game against West Chester, Devlin completed 14 of 23 passes for 163 yards with three touchdown passes to lead the team to a 31-0 shutout. Although Devlin fractured a bone in his non-throwing wrist in the first quarter of the game against South Dakota State, he played through the middle of the fourth quarter.[18] Although cleared to play the following week against Duquesne, Devlin stood on the sidelines. Devlin came back the following week with a big second-half win against Richmond, but was knocked out of the following week's game against James Madison with a concussion. Back at home against Maine, Devlin completed 20 of 36 passes for 286 yards, leading the Blue Hens to their sixth win of the season. After a close win against Rhode Island and a one-point loss against William & Mary, he dominated against Towson, completing 29 of 38 passes for 318 yards and one touchdown while running for another score. Devlin became the ninth Delaware player to pass for over 4,000 yards in a career.

College statisticsEdit

Year Team Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT
2006 Penn State
2007 Penn State 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
2008 Penn State 47 25 53.2% 459 4 0
2009 Delaware 344 220 64.0% 2,664 16 9
2010 Delaware 384 261 68.0% 3,032 22 3
College Totals 776 506 65.2% 6,155 42 12

Professional careerEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Devlin entered the 2011 NFL Draft and was regarded as one of the top ten quarterbacks entering the draft by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, but was not drafted. He was targeted as the first overall pick in the 2011 UFL Draft, but declined to sign a mandatory contract.[19]

Miami DolphinsEdit

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He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011.[20] He was waived after the preseason, but signed with the team's practice squad.[21] He was promoted to the team's active roster on December 20.

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Devlin was signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice squad on November 3, 2014.[22] On April 2, 2015, Devlin was waived by the Vikings.[23]

Chicago BearsEdit

Devlin was signed to the Chicago Bears on May 11, 2015.[24] On June 18, 2015, he was waived by Chicago.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Devlin was signed to the Cleveland Browns on August 27, 2015.[25] He was released by the Browns on September 5, 2015.[26] On December 31, 2015, Devlin was re-signed by the Cleveland Browns to be back-up to Austin Davis after it was determined Johnny Manziel would not play due to his status in the NFL concussion protocol.[27]

Personal life Edit

Devlin is a nephew of former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Joe Devlin.[28] Pat is married to Tristin Jones Devlin.


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  18. "Delaware's Devlin has fracture, but will play". The Sports Network. September 13, 2010. Archived from the original on July 5, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  19. Schefter, Adam (May 3, 2011). "Twitter: Adam Schefter (verified account)". Retrieved May 3, 2011. "Delaware QB Pat Devlin was targeted as No. 1 selection in UFL Draft, but was required to sign a contract prior to draft. He chose not to."
  20. "ESPN John Clayton Reports". July 26, 2011. "Sources: Pat Devlin to Dolphins"
  21. Neal, David J (September 4, 2011). "Miami Dolphins move QB Pat Devlin to practice squad". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  22. Gates, Christopher (November 3, 2014). "Minnesota Vikings Sign Pat Devlin To Practice Squad". Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  23. "Vikings release quarterback Pat Devlin to make room for Mike Kafka". Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  24. "Chicago Bears on Twitter". Twitter.
  25. "Cleveland Browns sign Pat Devlin due to Johnny Manziel injury - Cleveland Browns Blog- ESPN".
  26. "Cleveland Browns reduce roster, Pat Devlin and Thad Lewis among cuts". Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  27. "Cleveland Browns rule out QB Johnny Manziel, will start Austin Davis at QB".
  28. "Miami Dolphins: Pat Devlin". Retrieved January 1, 2016.

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