Raiders have big plans for Cordarrelle Patterson

AP

Cordarrelle Patterson was a two-time All-Pro as a kickoff returner during his four years in Minnesota, and yet he was a disappointment as a first-round draft pick. The Vikings drafted him thinking he’d become a big-play receiver, but he never even had a 500-yard receiving season.

This year Patterson signed with the Raiders, and they think they’re going to turn him into that big-play receiver he failed to become in Minnesota. Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing said there’s limitless potential for Patterson in Oakland’s offense.

“He’s a fun tool,” Downing said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I won’t speak too much about how he was used in the past; that’s somebody else’s job. But I can tell you that we’re going to have fun looking for ways to get him involved in the offense. He’s a big, strong, physical, dynamic-with-the-ball-in-his-hands type player, and we’re excited to see what he can do for us.”

And, of course, Patterson will return kickoffs as well.

“We’re excited about him,” special-teams coordinator Brad Seely said. “We’re really happy he’s on our roster. Obviously, in Minnesota, he was an outstanding returner. We feel like he can bring that to our table. He also can be a coverage guy for us on punt team. And it always comes down to how much offense is he going to play. We want to keep our guys as fresh as possible and balance with getting as many reps out of them as we can.”

The Raiders were mediocre returning kickoffs last year, and the presence of Patterson and his 30.4-yard career average should change that. Anything he does on top of that on offense is gravy.

40 responses to “Raiders have big plans for Cordarrelle Patterson

  1. “He’s a fun tool”.

    I don’t know if I would say that about anyone as there are other interpretations of the word tool.

  2. This was one of the best free agent signing that hasn’t gotten much pub. He finally has a qb who will be able to throw the ball down field to him with accuracy. He will be a huge contributor this year.

  3. Nothing like being called a “tool” to get your juices flowing. The Vikings had big plans for Patterson, and fantasy geeks like Matthew Berry constantly raved about his video-game talent. How’d that work out? Long past time to put up or shut up.

  4. We will miss him in MN…so much potential. He is a dynamic player and with the right coaching could become an awesome 2nd/3rd receiver. Whether it was Patterson’s mind or MN coaching he never developed into what he can become.

  5. The guy is supremely talented but doesn’t know the difference between a 5 yard out and a 7 yard out. One Derek Carr pick six due do Patterson’s terrible route running, and Raider fans will realize he is just a kick returner.

  6. LOL!

    Yes, an all time great draft bust is in the plans for the Raiders.

    This guy needed the playbook dumbed down for him at Tenn and Minny traded up to 29, where BB fleeced Minny for a 2nd (Jamie Collins) and Logan Ryan (4th rd).

    Some teams get it, some don’t.

  7. He is capable of making some big plays. He is also capable of going weeks without a reception and not knowing the playbook.

  8. I’m not sure about Patterson’s potential as a WR, but at least with Carr he’ll have a much better QB throwing to him than he did with Bridgewater & Bradford in Minnesota.

  9. This guy should get the bubble screens Cooper got. Get the ball into his hands quickly, let Seth Roberts set up a block, and watch him do the rest.

  10. Good luck with that. He’s a bigger version of Devin Hester, and maybe even less bright.

  11. The guy was signed for nothing by a team that basically has two #1 receivers in Crabtree and Cooper. If he does nothing but return kicks its no skin off anyone’s back.

  12. If you don’t understand what coach means by the phrase “fun tool” and the context it’s being used, you must be a Donk fan.

  13. Not a polished receiver in College but an explosive one! was a dynamic return man and could also line up at RB. Not his fault that the Queens drafted him in the first round.

    He was a bust for them because he was a reach.

    Is a reach really a bust?

    Perfect Gadget guy for us.

  14. Remember when Vikings fans proclaimed this guy “the best receiver in the league”?

    Lolz

    Admittedly Carr is a big step up as someone to deliver the ball to him from anyone the Barneys had. Maybe he’ll come into his own in Oakland.

  15. As a Raiders fan, I expect nothing more than a kick returner and a replacement for Andre Holmes as a gunner. That’s it. Anything on offense is a bonus.

  16. While his route running left much to be desired, once he had the ball in the open his running instincts were superb, it wan’t just the speed, he seemed to know when to make cuts for maximum effect and burst to open space.

    The challenge has always been to put him in those situations, hence plays like the Jet Sweeps he had a lot of success on, and hence his great success as a kick returner.

    Given how much teams that play the raiders need to honor the other receiving threats, I think he may have a lot of chances come his way.

  17. The folks making the comments above that Cordoroy now has a better QB are right. However, neither Tom Brady nor Aaron Rodgers could get this guy to suddenly get smart enough to run a disciplined route, let alone remember them all. He’s a great kid, incredible kick returner, and sound on swing routes and running plays out of the backfield, but everything else is a crapshoot. If you Raiders fans keep your expectations realistic, Cordoroy won’t disappoint.

  18. His contributions to the Raiders will be in two areas only; kick returning where he is one of the best in the league and long routes straight down the field where his only job is to out run the DB and catch the ball once he does.

    He will never be a real WR and only the Vikings would trade up in the first round to pick a kick returner, that’s hardly his fault.

  19. Sounds like this is Patterson’s last chance to prove he can be a WR. If his career will be short. 2017 better be a big year for him.

  20. whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 15, 2017 12:07 PM

    His contributions to the Raiders will be in two areas only; kick returning where he is one of the best in the league and long routes straight down the field where his only job is to out run the DB and catch the ball once he does.

    He will never be a real WR and only the Vikings would trade up in the first round to pick a kick returner, that’s hardly his fault.
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    kinda like how TT traded a 2nd and a 4th to move up to select a back up DT in Jerel Worthy who played a grand total of 16 games in 4 starters before being traded, Patterson made all-pro twice, only the packers would trade up to draft a back up DT

  21. It doesn’t really matter how great a kick returner Patterson is if there isn’t many kicks to return. Just kick touchbacks and Patterson’s value is severely diminished.

  22. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 15, 2017 10:50 AM

    Remember when Vikings fans proclaimed this guy “the best receiver in the league”?
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    No. No, I don’t.

    Remember that time you said something that made sense? I don’t either.

  23. Viking fans were rightfully excited about Patterson’s potential after his rookie year. His athletic ability is off the chart. He scored a touchdown every time he ran the ball and he had a great game in the snow at Baltimore. The problem was he never learned how to run a route, his effort started lacking, and other teams figured out what he was going to do when he was in the game.

    You can’t make him what he’s not. Throw him a bubble screen and run a jet sweep once in a while, but don’t expect him to be a real wide receiver.

  24. fanboyarmy says:
    Jun 15, 2017 10:53 AM
    The Raiders appear loaded. If they can’t win their first playoff game in 15 years, McKenzie and Del Rio mist go.
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    McKenzie? How do you think they got “loaded”?

  25. They will look at him at WR, at least until he runs the wrong route or gives up on it and Carr throws a couple picks, then he’ll be their kick returner.

  26. This was one of the best free agent signing that hasn’t gotten much pub. He finally has a qb who will be able to throw the ball down field to him with accuracy. He will be a huge contributor this year.
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    Statistically CP had the leagues most accurate QB (ever) throwing to him last year. Bradford set the completion % record and had the highest completion % in the league on passes over 16 yards.

    CPs issue is he can’t figure out routes. If for whatever reason his route tree expands and he can figure out the depths of his routes, watch out. He’ll be a monster.

    He was given 4 years in MN to figure this out and couldn’t do it.

  27. The Raiders appear loaded. If they can’t win their first playoff game in 15 years, McKenzie and Del Rio mist go.
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    McKenzie? How do you think they got “loaded”?
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    Come on man. The Raiders have picked up some very nice draft choices the last few years and they were taken right where the mock drafts predicted Nothing fancy on Mckenzie’s part, he played it by the book instead of going rogue as he did previously. Mckenzie is 30-50, no playoff wins, no division titles. This record would have him fired by the other 31 teams. Meanwhile, the Raiders are making him a bronze statue. Now that’s funny!!!!!!!!!

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