New England Patriots: Cordarrelle Patterson can be playmaker on offense
By Nick Ziegler
After a nice game against the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots wide receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson, talked about being a playmaker.
One of the quietly good moves for the New England Patriots this offseason was the addition of special teams star, Cordarrelle Patterson. This offseason, Patterson was acquired from the Oakland Raiders, and as one of the best returners in the game, Patterson was expected to be a good addition for the special teams unit.
However, Patterson is also a wide receiver and that is an area of need for the Patriots right now. Even though Patterson hasn’t done a lot as a wide receiver in the NFL, he does have the potential to be a serious threat in the passing game.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason, Patterson was able to make some nice plays in the passing game. After the good performance, Patterson talked about his ability to be a playmaker for the offense. Here’s what he had to say to Zack Cox of NESN.com.
"“I’m a playmaker, man,” the veteran wide receiver said after Sunday’s practice. “I make plays. That’s what I do. I’ve been doing it my whole life. Every time I get the ball in my hands, I feel like I need to make a play for my team. So I just need to go out there when the ball’s not in my hands, doing the little things that I need to work on.”"
Patterson has never totaled more than 500 receiving yards in a season yet, but he could be poised for one of his best yet with the Patriots. Offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, does a very good job putting players in position to succeed. If the preseason is any indication, Patterson is going to be used as a weapon in the passing game for the Patriots.
In the win, Patterson was able to make some nice plays in space for the Patriots, including a wild juke move which resulted in a touchdown.
As of now, the Patriots are a bit thin at wide receiver to start the season. With Julian Edelman out for the first four games of the season, Tom Brady is going to need people to throw the ball to. Even though Patterson hasn’t accomplished what he might have wanted to start his career as a receiver, there is clearly some potential that the Patriots might be able to unleash on offense.