Bill Belichick to Cordarrelle Patterson: We’ll make you the player you should be

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The Patriots acquired wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders this offseason and Patterson called the development an “exciting” one during an appearance on NFL Network Wednesday.

Patterson ran through how he found out about the trade from Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie and then started talking to players from the Patriots organization, including head coach Bill Belichick. Patterson said that “it was crazy” to get that call and shared some of what Belichick told him during their conversation.

“He was just telling me I don’t know what you’ve been through in the past, but basically we get the job done here,” Patterson said. “We’re gonna make you the player you should be.”

Patterson faded in and out of the offensive plans with both the Vikings and Raiders and Belichick’s comment suggests the team sees room for further growth on that front.

Patterson didn’t say what role was laid out during his discussions with Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He did say that his response to what he does well was to say “just put me on the field” and everything else will just take care of itself.

63 responses to “Bill Belichick to Cordarrelle Patterson: We’ll make you the player you should be

  1. Physically gifted. If BB can get him involved on screens, slants, out of the backfield, and kick returns he could be very productive.

    He’s not a route runner tho, it’s going to have to be those quick hitters

  2. “We’re gonna make you the player you should be.”

    That means you might be a receiver, a gadget player, a gunner, return punts, get the Gatorade for guys….etc, you never know what Belichick thinks someone has versus what conventional thoughts would say. If the guy is smart enough, dedicated enough, and approaches every role he is given with nothing less than 100% it will work out for everybody. BB puts faith in coaching up talent when talent is coachable.

  3. Should be an interesting storyline. This guy has actually averaged more yards per run in his career (10.3) than per reception (10.0). Hard to believe. And his yards per reception has fallen precipitously the last few years (likely to do with a lot of bubble screens/jailbreaks/quick passes by meh QBs).

    This is exactly the type of player that opposing teams wish the Patriots did not have. He will be lined up all over the place and used in a million different ways, different roles every week.

    Also, his kick return ability is pretty incredible, they will unleash him there as well and see what happens.

  4. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.

    Just don’t make me learn a route tree or play designs and my role in each play.

  5. “We’ll keep you for a year or two, get a little production, then cut you when you want a big contract”

  6. .
    Patterson is 6’2″, 220 lbs with 4.4 speed. It would always be a mismatch whenever he caught the ball in space. However, for whatever reason it hasn’t worked out for him yet. Maybe Brady can help him put it all together?
    .

  7. dougchillin says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:27 am
    His track record with WRs begs to differ.

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    LOL!

    BB turned Wes Welker into one of the best slot WRs the league has ever seen. He turned QB Julian Edleman into one of the most reliable WRs in the game today.

    I can fully understand why you Haters are afraid of what BB may do with a guy with Patterson’s physical talents.

  8. Ha Ha Ha Ha……

    As a Patriots we are already looking forward to playing in the AFC Championship game…….we are not greedy after all.

    Most fans are hoping their team goes 8-8 or win the one game they show up for.

    Other teams are hoping they don’t face the Patriots in the playoffs.

    It’s good to be a Pats fan.

  9. Lesson #1 with BB. Conversations I have with players are private between the player and me. If this kid doesn’t learn this his stay will be a short one.

  10. “He gave him the playbook…. “See Tom throw, catch the ball”…. pretty simple”

    Yah….no. Here’s a quote from Brady last year –

    “I would say there’s a pretty core group of plays that you have,” Brady said, “but we have, I don’t know the numbers, but there’s over the course a season, pass plays, there’s probably anywhere from 500 to 1,000 that are designed and you’ll probably call 500-600 of them, and there will be repeats within that.

    1000 pass plays and only the football gods know how many run plays, but there have to be at least 200-300 of those if not more. That means the Pats playbook has 1200+ plays in it, likely by far the most of any NFL team.

    And a lot of the pass plays have multiple route trees based on what Brady calls presnap based on the defense he sees.

    Patterson better be working his rear end off to learn the playbook and route trees if he wants to make the team.

  11. grant35 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:36 am
    What? No Pats fanboys in here saying he’ll turn into Randy Moss 2.0?

    ———–

    When the Patriots got Moss there were plenty of people that thought he was done after his performance in Oakland.

    However, Randy Moss 1.0 was a known commodity so everyone knew what he could be at his best. The Patriots got that out of him.

    Patterson at his best is a 450 yard, 50 catch 4 TD guy.

    No Patriots fan is expecting Randy Moss 2.0 and they weren’t with Cooks either.

  12. Michael E says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:40 am
    “We’ll keep you for a year or two, get a little production, then cut you when you want a big contract”
    ————————————-

    As a Pats fan I will be thrilled if the Pats get enough of a contribution from Patterson that in two seasons, and one or two more Pats Super Bowl victories, Patterson has other teams offering him too much money.

  13. schwamtek says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:56 am
    Said the same thing to Cooks! SB LOSERS !

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    And that’s an insult because? Better than 30 other teams and coming off 2 Super Bowl wins in 3 years before that.

    Cooks did his part. He wasn’t perfect, but for 2 million dollars had big numbers.

    Now he wants too much and he’s gone. Smart move by the Patriots.

  14. Michael E says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:40 am
    “We’ll keep you for a year or two, get a little production, then cut you when you want a big contract”

    —————-

    You make that sound like a bad thing. Being with the Patriots for that time allows them to go out and get a big contract. The Patriots are helping these guys big time.

  15. This should make trolls very afraid. Whenever BB seeks out an underachiever somewhere else due to a poor environment, it usually works well.

    Welcome to the Disneyworld for football players in the NFL.

  16. Michael E says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:40 am
    “We’ll keep you for a year or two, get a little production, then cut you when you want a big contract”

    ———————

    He’s already made his big money. He got through his rookie deal and then went into FA, so his biggest money has already come regardless of how he looks in FA after NE.

    If some team wants to overpay based on his highlighted appearance in NE, well, Pats fans will sit back and smile and realize BB’s cap recipe is 75% of the brilliance in which he teambuilds.

    Know the market, the draft classes, the FA opps, don’t overpay, stay in control of the cap, and you’ll always be 12-4+ with Brady.

    10-6+ with whoever the next QB is.

    This is REALLY why Framegate I and II exist, by the way. Jealousy of these facts.

  17. He hasn’t learned in 5 years, he isn’t going to. I remember passes thrown his way when he was 10 yards from where the Ball hit the ground!
    You can’t fix stupid!

  18. We Vikes fans remember Flash well, and we actually liked him and do to this day. He’s got a ton of raw talent, but he doesn’t have a technical mind. The trick is getting him in complex situations instead of using him as a trick player, while not making things too hard for him to understand. When he can just be himself, AND the opponent doesn’t know what’s coming he’s dynamic. But that has SELDOM been the case to this point in his career.

  19. As a Vikings fan, I will be royally ticked off if he does. An awful lot of folks have had a whack at it and not been real successful. But the first year they used him in all kids of creative ways and he was briefly exciting. But a consistent offensive threat? I guess we will see.

  20. Oh, I’m going to enjoy this. Some pretty accomplished Viking coaches couldn’t get him to grasp the playbook or how to run routes. Meanwhile, he strutted around Downtown Mpls with his posse acting like he was on his way to Canton. The Viking coaches encouraged him to drop the entourage and work on his craft, and he gave minimum effort never developing into anything beyond a kick returner and special teams player. The Raiders got less out of him. I’d say at his age….he is what he is. I’ll eat crow if Belichick turns him into an All Pro. But I seriously doubt it.

  21. So you expect a guy on like his 3rd or 4th team in a couple of years to remember 1200 some odd plays, or whatever that reference was. He’s cheap… Enough. I doubt he knows more than run and catch.

  22. If NE wants him to do anything more than returns they are in for a disappointment. The guy doesn’t seem to have the brains to learn and NFL playbook because if he did he would still be in Minni.

  23. jackedupboonie says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    Pats have been massively weakened……and yet since they play with the Jets, Fins, and Bills….have the easiest playoff route again in 2018.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Don’t forget to mention in Brady’s whole career he has only played against two pro bowl qbs in that division and one was Bledsoe. Real tough division there.

  24. 700levelvet says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    So you expect a guy on like his 3rd or 4th team in a couple of years to remember 1200 some odd plays, or whatever that reference was. He’s cheap… Enough. I doubt he knows more than run and catch.

    1 0 Rate This

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    good lord

    that is what they WON’T have him do

    get it? he was not a 1st rd pick in their minds because his ceiling is as a gadget player.

    get it?

  25. I’d settle for Troy Brown or Julian Edelman 2.0 Wes Welker would be quite a stretch. Wes was in his own league.

    Patterson can be a threat on kick/punt returns. As a WR and as a rusher.
    BB does have a log history of turning ST aces into regular contributors.

  26. 1. Let’s talk about division strength

    Bill. 200-71 with the Pats through 2016

    In division 74-27 wp.732

    Out of division 126-44 wp .741

    I have not gone back and adjusted to the prior alignment but do not believe there is a significant impact

    Can we put to rest the myth of the AFCE being the reason for the continued excellence and just acknowledge they have sustained it against any competition?

  27. thudsp says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    If NE wants him to do anything more than returns they are in for a disappointment. The guy doesn’t seem to have the brains to learn and NFL playbook because if he did he would still be in Minni.

    ——————

    Please don’t compare the coaches in Minny or Oakland to BB and his staff. Thanks.

  28. Pats fans do not expect him to be a star. But if he can play special teams, catch a pass here and there, run a bubble screen once or twice a game, I think that is all that’s expected of him.

  29. “We’ll make you the player you should be.”

    That is a statement full of promise/potential! Interesting to hear.

    “”just put me on the field” and everything else will just take care of itself.”

    Demonstrate what you can do in practice and Bill will put you in a position to do it during a game.

  30. Cordarrelle Patterson is definitely not a good WR but as a Raider fan I have nothing but good things to say about his performance on the 2017 Raiders. He was excellent both on STs and on offensive plays where he ran for huge yardage.

    Belichick (a widely acknowledged coaching genius) saw this and snookered Gruden. But then aside from hiring Paul Guenther as DC I can’t honestly name one positive offseason move that Gruden (the “coaching genius” only in his own mind) has made.

  31. The Vikings cut him loose and they improve from 8-8 to 13-3. The Raiders sign him and they go from 12-4 to 6-10. What am I missing here? Hahaha

  32. Great likeable guy with strength and speed. Cordoroy’s problem has been learning offenses and running precise routes, or mental issues, which I question if those are remedied by coaching. If Belichick can do so, he is even a better coach than I thought he was.

  33. tylawspick6 says Please don’t compare the coaches in Minny or Oakland to BB and his staff. Thanks

    So….Belicheats new OC & DC become geniuses simply by showing up in Foxboro? Right……

  34. tylawspick6 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm
    This should make trolls very afraid. Whenever BB seeks out an underachiever somewhere else due to a poor environment, it usually works well.
    Welcome to the Disneyworld for football players in the NFL.

    _____

    LOLLL!!!

    Barkevious Mingo, Johnathan Cooper, Phillip Dorsett, Dwayne Allen, Kony Ealy, Cassius Marsh. Now we can add Cordarrelle Patterson and Troy Niklas to that list. LMFAO

    Patterson SUCKS as a route runner and just a speed uy he is no different than Dorsett…BUSTTTTT

  35. So the Vikings coaching staff turned an undrafted WR and a 5th round pick into one of the best duos in the league, but couldn’t do anything with this first round talent? You ever consider maybe the problem is Cordarrelle? It’s just like the Vikings latest bust, Treadwell. They say he is a hard worker, that he runs the steps after practice. The problem is he can’t run a route or get separation. Running steps won’t help that. You can’t fix stupid.

  36. bill gets the most out of every guy who really wants to play. his is the toughest, most demanding system to play in, some excel under the pressure, some can’t cut it and are soon moved.

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