Cordarrelle Patterson campaigning for kickoffs to remain part of the game

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Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the competition committee, cautioned last month that kickoffs face elimination unless the play becomes safer. The league is calling on special teams coordinators and head coaches to figure out if there is a way to cut down on concussions on kickoffs.

Cordarrelle Patterson, one of the best in the business with five career kickoff return touchdowns, hopes kickoffs remain a part of the game.

“They’re trying to No. 1, I guess it’s a safety reason or whatever they’re saying,” Patterson told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It’s fun, man. For a lot of guys, it’s the only job we have, you know, is special teams. If you take kickoff returns out of the game, you’re going to take from a lot of people’s plate. So I don’t think they should do that. It’s real fun. Everybody enjoys it, and I just think they should keep it there.”

The Patriots acquired Patterson in a trade with the Raiders this offseason.

15 responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson campaigning for kickoffs to remain part of the game

  1. Of course he wants kick offs to stay. Without kickoffs, he has no position to play anymore. He’s not smart, or motivated, enough to learn routes and plays. Other than punts, which he’s never done, kickoffs are his only hope to stay employed in the NFL.

  2. makes sense he would feel that way, since that is why he gets a paycheck from NFL team. The only other thing he is above replacement value at is a gunner on punts, not sure anyone is paying him to do that. You may want to learn how to run a route like a pro if you want to stay in the league Flashy

  3. Cordarrelle fans here? What’s with all the downvotes for saying he isn’t smart enough or motivated enough to run a route? Have you followed the guy at all? Why isn’t he part of the passing game? Vikings didn’t draft him in the first round to return kicks. And he’s on his 3rd team now? Why do you think that is?

  4. What’s with all the downvotes for saying he isn’t smart enough or motivated enough to run a route? Have you followed the guy at all? Why isn’t he part of the passing game? Vikings didn’t draft him in the first round to return kicks.
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    Maybe it’s the coaching? They didn’t draft Treadwell to return kicks either.

  5. There is no reason at all to eliminate kickoffs. They’re an exciting play. They’re an important play. And the league has never once released any data showing that they’re more injurious than any other football play. If you’re going to offer solutions to a problem, you have to establish that the problem is in fact real.

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