Five NFL teams, and 9 seasons later, the former 1st round pick out of the University of Tennessee, may be on his way to not only a career year, but one that is significantly helping his team. Going into the 2013 NFL Draft, there was so much excitement and potential surrounding Cordarrelle Patterson. In 12 games during the 2012 season at Tennessee, he had over a thousand yards from scrimmage with 8 touchdowns, and also had 2 return touchdowns on special teams. His 1.858 all purpose yards would end up being a school record.
With the 29th overall pick, the Minnesota Vikings traded 4 draft picks to the New England Patriots in order to move up and select Cordarrelle in the first round. His rookie year seemed to be a great year to build on as he ended up putting his dynamic home run play ability on display and earned himself a spot in the Pro Bowl as well as being named AP All-Pro kick returner.
In 2014, the Vikings brought in new head coach, Mike Zimmer, new offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, and new quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. He never developed chemistry with Teddy, and basically became an afterthought as he got buried into the depth chart through his remaining years with the Vikings. In 2017 he would sign with the Raiders where he was able to show a couple of glimpses of dynamic highlights but was still struggling to establish himself as a significant impact player. The Raiders would then trade him to the Patriots and it was pretty much the same song and dance.
Although he would still struggle to establish himself, in 2019 he would sign a 2 year deal with the Bears where he was able to make the Pro Bowl both years as a returner, but still was unable to secure a role in a dreadful Bears offense. Patterson continued to work towards that opportunity, never giving up the hope that he could secure a serious role in an offense that could showcase his talents.
Going into the 2021 season he would sign with the Atlanta Falcons. Every year, every week even, the NFL graces us with surprises. One of my favorite types of surprises are unexpected breakout players. Averaging 4.4 yards on the ground, 13.1 yards per reception, and with a total of 5 touchdowns and 354 yards from scrimmage through the first 4 games, many have been waiting for this late bloomer to arrive. Standing at 6’2, 238 lbs, Cordarrelle Patterson is on the verge of having a breakout season. He is second on the depth chart, but that’s not the craziest part, the fact that he is 30 years old makes this even better! Going into week 5 he is a top 5 fantasy player amongst the skill positions and with Matt Ryan’s other weapons having health concerns, he will be looking to capitalize on this opportunity.