With the Patriots releasing wide receivers Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt, it opens the door for Cordarrelle Patterson to seize a larger role in the first four games of the season when Julian Edelman serves an NFL suspension.
When the Patriots traded for Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, Bill Belichick indicated he may be used differently than he has been in the past, and through three preseason games it appears Belichick is right. Before coming to New England, Patterson was pretty much just a kick returner and a gadget player. Now with the Patriots, the 27-year-old appears to have more of a role as a receiver and has also added punt return duties to his resume. Friday night against the Panthers was a perfect example of his new role as he handled both the kick return and punt return duties for the first half until Cyrus Jones took over in the second half. He was also the Patriots’ most targeted receiver, catching five passes for 36 yards on nine targets. Given his speed and athleticism, it’s apparent he has the ability to make a play every time he touches the ball and the Patriots are doing what they can to make that happen.
They’ve called his number on wide receiver screens, slants over the middle of the field and also go routes up the sideline. “He’s been good. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Belichick said on a conference call Saturday afternoon. “We’ve had him in a lot of different roles and different responsibilities on offense and in the kicking game. He’s been great.Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey
While Patterson may not see consistent volume out of the gate, the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder has the size, athleticism and run-after-catch ability to become a playmaker for QB Tom Brady. As a result, he has some sleeper potential and should be kept on the radar as a potential September pickup.