NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the New England Patriots acquired speedy wideout Cordarrelle Patterson from the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, pending a physical. Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will swap their fifth-round pick for a Raiders sixth-round pick in order to make the move.
Patterson, who’s most well known in the football world for his electrifying kick returns and world-class speed as a wideout, has been an underrated special teams player. With the Pats expected to lose longtime special teams ace Matthew Slater in free agency (he visited the Steelers this weekend, per ESPN), that’s probably the role New England envisions Patterson filling when he arrives.
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Patterson spent just a season with the Raiders, catching 31 passes for 309 yards and zero touchdowns. Patterson also carried the ball 13 times for 121 yards and two scores. Oddly, he had his least-effective season as a return man, piling up only 538 yards on kick returns.
Amendola was the primary punt returner for the Pats last year (27 returns for 231 yards), while Lewis handled kick-return duties last season (23 returns for 570 yards). Amendola signed with the Dolphins this season and Lewis scored a big free-agency deal from the Titans, leaving the Patriots with a pretty big void in that department.
Patterson, who can slide in and take over as a primary returner, while also giving the Patriots a dangerous weapon they can use in certain offensive sets.
Patterson was drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, one of three different first-round picks — Shariff Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Patterson — Minnesota came away with that year. In college he looked like someone who could become a lethal weapon in the passing game, but he never fully developed as a wide receiver.
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