Cordarrelle Patterson wants to play defense, Falcons’ depth chart lists him as backup safety

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Falcons wide receiver/running back/returner Cordarrelle Patterson wants to add another position to his resume, and the Falcons are open to it.

Patterson has said this season that he would like to get some playing time on defense, and has a goal of getting an interception. In Sunday’s win over the Jaguars, Patterson did play one snap on defense, and after the game head coach Arthur Smith said contributing on defense is something Patterson can legitimately do.

“He got his defensive snap,” Smith said of Patterson. “I may put him on the depth chart next week at free safety

Sure enough, the team’s official depth chart now lists him as a backup safety in addition to his roles on offense and special teams.

Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees said the team does have a package that includes Patterson on the field at safety, although Pees added that he hopes not to have to use that package. No one should expect Patterson to be a regular part of the secondary rotation, but there’s not much on the football field that Patterson can’t do.

24 responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson wants to play defense, Falcons’ depth chart lists him as backup safety

  1. Week 8, 2024: Patterson has for a rushed td, thrown a td, caught a td, returned for a td, gotten an interception, kicked an extra point and a field goal.

    Cordarrelle Patterson starring in “The Football Guy.”

  2. I had the privilege of watching him play in Jacksonville this past weekend. With his versatility, I have no idea why Belichick let him go.

  3. I like his spirit!
    I enjoyed watching him play with the Pats.
    Look forward to seeing his first pick!

  4. I don’t know why previous coaches were under-utilizing this guy, but Arthur Smith has unlocked his Swiss Army Knife abilities. Patterson has been the Falcons’ best offensive player by far. Playing defense would be impressive but only makes sense if it would actually make the unit better. Team first.

  5. Deion Sanders wanna be
    I often wonder why some DB ball hawks don’t get snaps at WR or more DE playing snaps at TE.
    I guess playbooks are complicated, but can’t they give one guy a simple assignment especially on offense

  6. Crazy how I drafted McCaffrey #5 in the first round of FF and took CP with my last pick at #284 in round 24. My first is my worst pick and my last is the best.

  7. Don’t need him in New England currently cause Bourne is so versatile but I enjoyed him when he was here. I’m pretty sure he won a super bowl with us so he must do something right.

  8. The enthusiasm to do more is great, but it would be wise for him to dial it back. There’s only so much one player can do before the extended minutes on the field breaks down his body.
    Two way players used to be a thing, but in an era with much lighter players and shorter seasons. Playing so many minutes in today’s game, and its length of schedule, would guarantee a spot on the IR list.

  9. If I was a GM or owner of a team and my best offensive weapon got a season ending injury trying to tackle a 260 pound tight end while playing safety, my coaches key card would be deactivated before Monday morning.

  10. What a turn around this guy has made at this point his career. Remember him on the Vikings? I don’t.

  11. Reminds me of Rod Woodson’s last game at Purdue against Indiana. Dude was on the field for 90 percent of the snaps – RB, CB, KR, PR. They could have easily added WR, SS, and FS if they wanted to.

  12. “Patterson has said this season that he would like to get some playing time on defense, and has a goal of getting an interception.”

    Troy Brown got 3 INTs the year he was forced into playing a lot of corner when the Pats secondary was trashed by injuries so not an unrealistic goal. But Brown was a much better receiver than Patterson is and its not easy to reverse your skill set or we’d see a lot more players doing so.

    “I don’t know why previous coaches were under-utilizing this guy, but Arthur Smith has unlocked his Swiss Army Knife abilities.”

    Pats used him as a receiver, running back and returner so you are wrong about that.

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