Cordarrelle Patterson brings versatility to New England

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On Saturday, Patriots special-teams standout Matthew Slater visited the Steelers. On Sunday, the Patriots traded for receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

It feels, on the surface, like a farewell to Slater. And for as versatile as Slater has been on special teams, Patterson’s Swiss Army knife skills spill over to offense.

Patterson, who found a niche as a kick returner and, in his contract year with Minnesota, a gunner on the punt team, can contribute both in the passing game and in the running game, too.

While never the receiving threat he was expected to be when the Vikings made him a first-round pick in 2013, Patterson generated 430 yards from scrimmage last year, 121 of which came on the ground.

Ultimately, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is getting a fast player who can do a lot of things, and who can line up in a lot of places. There’s real value in that kind of versatility, especially when an offense periodically likes to put pedal to metal and create mismatches via creative alignments.

35 responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson brings versatility to New England

  1. As a Vikings fan, I wish him the best. This was the ONLY team I was afraid of him going to. He is about to remind everyone that he was a first rounder.

  2. Hah. “Paterson brings versatility”. Is that a nice way to say he does some things but none very well? Can’t wait to hear the Pats fans pump this guy up.

  3. With the NE defense coughing up so many touchdowns, Patterson will be running back kickoffs all day long.

  4. I tend to agree with the commenters as opposed to the poster. Patterson hasn’t succeeded anywhere he has been, which is why teams are happy to give him up. You make it sounds like 430 yards from scrimmage is good. It isn’t good. While I don’t like how often people like to say bust, this is an example of a bust.

  5. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    March 19, 2018 at 9:56 am
    With the NE defense coughing up so many touchdowns, Patterson will be running back kickoffs all day long.

    They were the #4 scoring D

    But thanks for playing

  6. I wonder how long it’ll be til you see Brady screaming at him on the sidelines for running the wrong route that led to an interception.

  7. What is there to sugarcoat?They gave up a 5th for him and a 6th rnd pick.Will not cost anything if he doesn’t make the team.Will probably renegotiate his contract.Good kick returner,gunner and can score from anywhere.I guess giving alot of money to overhyped FAs is better than being in contention every year for the past century…go figure.

  8. Cue all the Patriots fans talking about how great Patterson is and how brilliant BB is for signing this guy.

  9. floriosbaldspot says:
    March 19, 2018 at 10:27 am
    The Patroits are irrelevant. Stop acknowledging these cheaters.

    Yeah, you may want to look up the definition of “irrelevant “

  10. Patterson is due to receive $3M in salary and a $250k roster bonus for 2018. After that he’s a free agent. My guess is that, true to the Patriots form, they’ll ask him to renegotiate his contract down to the league minimum. If not, they’ll release him. If you’re Patterson, why accept less. If they cut him he’d be free to negotiate with any team. I seriously doubt if he’s on the roster for next season because he won’t accept the pay cut.

  11. Electric with the ball in his hands. One of the few bright spots for Oaktown last season. GIve him a sliver and he’s gone. Seems a little bit “aw shucks” but he is dangerous, and showed last season he can make tough catches. Will be missed.

  12. .
    Nobody disputes his skill set. However, he’s never been able to produce on a consistent basis. He could find a niche as a defense stretcher. He and Cooks would give the Patriots two legitimate burners which could open things up for Gronk and Edelman underneath.
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  13. Randy Moss went from 1st round pick in Minnesota to Oakland to the Patriots for a late round selection.

    That can ONLY mean that Patterson is going to catch 23 TD next year.
    Booyah!

  14. whenwilliteverend says:
    March 19, 2018 at 10:43 am
    Patterson is due to receive $3M in salary and a $250k roster bonus for 2018. After that he’s a free agent. My guess is that, true to the Patriots form, they’ll ask him to renegotiate his contract down to the league minimum. If not, they’ll release him. If you’re Patterson, why accept less. If they cut him he’d be free to negotiate with any team. I seriously doubt if he’s on the roster for next season because he won’t accept the pay cut.

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    I don’t think they’d talk “pay cut” unless he was to somehow sell them on an extension in camp, which is highly unlikely.

    Essentially, NE moves back a round to see if this guy will fit for what they want.

    If you look at the deals NE has made already this offseason, they’re low risk/great value deals.

    Bolden, Burkhead, Chung, Jeremy Hill, Tobin, etc.

    The only one that comes off a tad bloated is Adrian Clayborn’s. But, NE walking from Butler and Dion Lewis, are very shrewd moves, considering the trade acquisitions with how cheap they are what they represent with Shelton, McCourty and now Patterson.

    Britt and Dorsett have already been acquired and get a full camp with Brady.

    Edelman, Hightower, McClellin, Jon Jones, and Valentine return, from the SB winning team, which is huge, and the thing even Pats fans aren’t understanding, just how injured this team was last year compares to the year before.

    Those names right there were all key figures in helping win SB 51.

    The question now is, are the Cooks trade rumors true or just rumors. If Cooks is looking for a deal right now, he’s probably not getting it.

  15. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    March 19, 2018 at 9:56 am
    With the NE defense coughing up so many touchdowns, Patterson will be running back kickoffs all day long.

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    Umm, NE at one point, before even more injuries took shape, was holding teams to under 12 points per game over an 8 game stretch at one point.

    You and others are in for a very, very rude awakening watching a much healthier team in 2018.

    It’s been the pattern for years, whether it’s just a coincidence or not.

    Odd seasons: Lots of key injuries.
    Even seasons: Very few, if any, key injuries.

    Enjoy the view watching an 8th straight conf title game appearance in 2018 and maybe another SB appearance.

    Keep yapping…Expect more of the same from the Pats. They’re not going anywhere with this kind of incredible leadership in the cap era.

  16. Patterson’s main attribute is returning kicks, but last year teams hardly ever kicked to him. After that, he’s virtually eliminated from the game. Doesn’t contribute much offensively. Screens and bubble routes are really the extent of his route tree. He’s awesome in space, but you’re limited when you try to implement him into the game plan.

  17. nannymcsack says:
    March 19, 2018 at 10:12 am

    but then there’s facts and stuff. 5th fewest points allowed in 2017.
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    Not that hard to do when you play in the AFC Least.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    March 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    March 19, 2018 at 9:56 am
    With the NE defense coughing up so many touchdowns, Patterson will be running back kickoffs all day long.

    18 29 Rate This

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    Umm, NE at one point, before even more injuries took shape, was holding teams to under 12 points per game over an 8 game stretch at one point.
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    And that stretch was against teams that were a combined 0-2 in the playoffs this year. In other words, 6 non playoff teams, and one of the playoff teams was the Bills.

    Not impressed.

  19. he is a lazy bum, he refused to study routs and never really ran at speed during them, I still remember the play where Teddy threw to him wide open, except he cut his route off 10 yards too early as a hook instead of Fly route lol Teddy AND Zimmer chewed his butt, but honestly, why work hard for 50-60 plays when he can run kicks back and be a gunner. 5th rounder Diggs and UNDRAFTED Adam Thielen both blew him away, They aren’t much better with Treadwell..42 receptions in # YEARS for 430 yards!!! BUST, Someone needs to take the keys away from Rick Spielman on Draft day..6 first round drafts…2 on the team!! Treadwell will be cut next year if he doesn’t shape up..

  20. “With the NE defense coughing up so many touchdowns, Patterson will be running back kickoffs all day long.”

    You know, people would take your criticism of the Pats much better if it was based even vaguely in reality.

    The Pats D gave up 296 points in the regular season, 5th overall scoring defense.

    That means 27 other teams gave up more points. Of those 27 other teams, the Browns, Colts and Texans, gave up over 400 points, and the Fins, Jets, Broncos, Redskins, Giants, Packers, Bucs and 9ers all gave up over 380 points.

    You hate the Pats, everyone gets it. But instead of throwing out wild claims that have no basis in fact, you might want to rethink what you post.

  21. There’s real value in that kind of versatility, especially when an offense periodically likes to put pedal to metal and create mismatches via creative alignments.
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    Just keep it simple and he will produce. Creative Alignments tend to end up red flags when it comes to Patterson.

  22. Kick returner gunner, and can play some offense? Sounds like a BB wet dream. If only he could long snap or drop kick also.

  23. The defence got their numbers by playing the bills dolphins and jets twice. My local kids flag football team can stop those offences. Cam newton, nick foles, Alex smith, deahaun watson, all torched them. If it weren’t for 15 penalties against the chiefs they would’ve put up 60. That d is a paper tiger and everyone knows it.

  24. People acting like the Patriots signed Patterson to be their #1 or #2 WR. He was signed to be their KR and their #4 or #5 WR. In the NE offense, he doesn’t need to catch 60 balls for 1000 yards. He just needs to hold onto the ball on returns, keep his return average up and spot duty at WR and on jet sweeps. Just another tool in the tool box for Belichick to work with. He might have been a bust as the #1 pick, but the Patriots picked him up by trading down 13 spots from the late 6th round to early 7th round. NE didn’t give up much for him and they don’t owe him much if he sticks around this season. If anyone can get the best out of him, it will be Belichick and McDaniels.

  25. Outstanding pick up for the 6th or 7th receiver and primary Kick returner.
    He is 2nd in NFL kick returning average for his career behind only Gayle Sayers.
    Runs sweeps well which is big part of Pats offense.
    Edelman Cook Hogan Dorsett Britt Mitchell are all under contract in a deep receiving corp.

  26. Very much disagree with Florio that adding Patterson has anything at all to do with Slater testing free agency. They play completely different roles. Patterson is a kick returner. Slater hasn’t returned more than 4 kickoffs in a season since his 2nd year with the team.

    The Pats’ already lost last year’s primary kick returner in Dion Lewis, and don’t want to count on Cyrus Jones being able to clear up his fumbling problem while rehabbing a torn ACL.

  27. Just think,the Pats could have given moncrief 10 mill and mckinnon a boat load and they would be set for next year!!!They traded for an all pro KR and it only costed them..ummm …nothing.Whats so complicated.If he makes the team as only a special teams player,and adds tds on offense thats great.KR alone would be enough.

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