This past offseason Ryan Pace went out and did it again with another value pickup that fits Matt Nagy’s offense. Cordarrelle Patterson signed fresh off his Super Bowl 52 Victory. The deal is reported at two years and $10 million with $5 million of that guaranteed. Patterson is a versatile player with a seriously underrated value for the Bears to plug right into the offense this fall.
Patterson has three ways to get his hands on the ball, as he can take handoffs out of the backfield, catch passes, and return kicks. Safe to say we will be seeing a lot of Patterson this season. Patterson doesn’t have elite receiving numbers; he recorded 21 catches for 247 yards in 2018 with 11 of those going for first downs and three touchdowns. However, I can assure you that those numbers are a product of the system he was in. He showed his versatility in the run game by posting 42 carries, 5.4 yards a pop, and a touchdown to compliment. Patterson did manage to find the endzone on a 95-yard kick return touchdown at Soldier Field against the Bears in week seven last season, which was his only kick return touchdown of the 2018 season.
When watching tape on Patterson, the first thing that jumps off the screen is his straight-line speed and his ability to get up to top speed fast. At 6’2″ 228 lbs, he possesses an ideal frame with a height advantage over a majority of slot corners in the league. This brings me to my next point: the slot is where you will see the majority of his workload over the next two seasons. Patterson is elite when running the end around and presents an interesting wild card to Matt Nagy’s backfield. A majority of Patterson’s carries came out of the I-Formation, and most of his carries last season were off tackle. Using Patterson out of the backfield can provide a safety blanket to get quick, easy yards if the passing game is not living up to expectations. Patterson does have deep threat ability, so if there is any bit of space he will make you pay as he is relatively shifty for his size.
Overall, this is a great pickup for an offense that could definitely benefit from having another versatile playmaker in their arsenal. I also feel bad for any kicker who trots out to the 35-yard line to set up the tee only to see Tarik Cohen and Cordarrelle Patterson waiting patiently to receive the kick. Expect a productive year from Patterson in all aspects of his game, as the Bears have added another versatile weapon with elite speed to the mix of things for the next two seasons.
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