Cordarrelle Patterson asks to play defense on Sunday

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Atlanta’s Cordarrelle Patterson has been one of the NFL’s most versatile players this season, with 607 rushing yards, 547 receiving yards and 434 kickoff return yards. But with one game to go, Patterson has more he wants to do.

Specifically, Patterson wrote on Twitter that he wants defensive coordinator Dean Pees to let him play free safety on Sunday.

“Coach pees. I wanna play FS Sunday for you!” Patterson wrote.

Patterson has played two snaps on defense this season, and the Falcons’ official depth chart has listed Patterson as a backup safety. But Patterson sounds like he wants to get real, significant playing time and show what he can do.

And given that the Falcons are out of playoff contention, why not? We’ve seen him play wide receiver. It would be fun to see if he can cover wide receivers.

10 responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson asks to play defense on Sunday

  1. And given that the Falcons are out of playoff contention, why not? We’ve seen him play wide receiver. It would be fun to see if he can cover wide receivers.

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    I’m sure the starting FS would be less than thrilled to be benched but as a fan, sure, why not? I bet he could play QB as well, let’s bench Matt Ryan for Cordarelle. Matt wouldn’t have a problem with that would he?

  2. He is a great athlete. Too bad he can’t cut it as a pure wide receiver, but it looked like he had really found his place as an RB with a lot of flex options. Take up Free Safety at this point? Why? Just settle in and get better at what you are doing.

  3. This is against the saints receivers and tight ends, so if he played any safety in high school he should be fine, but it might not prove anything against other teams.

  4. Some context is missing for this. Patterson has actually played a couple of snaps at FS this season already. Also, a reporter asked Pees if today’s players are entitled, he said not players, but many young coaches were. To paraphrase, many hadn’t paid their dues coaching HS or Div III to work their way up the ladder then wonder why they’re not an NFL OC when they are 25.

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