Cordarrelle Patterson has tortured defenses in 2021. Now, he is likely to be torturing opposing offenses.
Patterson has opened eyes (and made fantasy house owners very blissful) in 2021. The extensive receiver and kick return extraordinaire has been utilized in a bevvy of roles for the Falcons in Arthur Smith’s offense; with 411 speeding yards, 500 receiving yards and 311 return yards, Patterson may eclipse the two,000-yard all-purpose mark this season.
So what part of the sport is left for Patterson to overcome? Properly, Smith may flip to Patterson on the defensive facet of the ball this weekend. No, actually.
Patterson is listed as a third-string security on the Falcons’ official depth chart for Week 13 vs. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The Falcons’ head coach not too long ago acquiesced to Patterson’s wishes to play on the defensive facet of the ball, and that is seemingly one thing that is going to proceed this weekend.
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“He bought his defensive snap,” Smith mentioned about Patterson after Atlanta’s Week 12 win over the Jaguars. “I’ll put him on the depth chart subsequent week at free security.”
Smith, clearly, made good on his phrases.
The Falcons’ Swiss Military knife did, the truth is, get his snap this previous weekend vs. the Jaguars. He is credited with one snap performed at free security, with no protection targets within the win.
His 2021 snap breakdowns are actually a sight to behold, as effectively (courtesy of Professional Soccer Focus):
- Operating again: 175 snaps;
- Receiver (Inline/Slot/Extensive): 122 snaps;
- Returner: 51 snaps;
- Punt protection: 11 snaps;
- Free security: 1 snap.
It is pretty unlikely that Patterson will spark the rebirth of pure two-way gamers within the NFL, one thing that hasn’t been seen in earnest in a very long time. The Ravens’ Patrick Ricard is likely one of the most up-to-date examples of a two-way participant, enjoying fullback and defensive position. He hasn’t performed on the defensive facet of the ball since 2018, although.
Higher be careful, Tom Brady. Cordarrelle’s comin’.