What Cordarrelle Patterson brings to the Raiders
Monday night just before 9p.m. PST, the Oakland Raiders agreed to terms with kick returner/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The signing was first reported by Vic Tafur who reported that Patterson was back at the Raiders facility and a deal was imminent.
Not long after Tafur’s tweet, the Raiders made the signing official and it was reported that Derek Carr played a key role in getting Patterson to sign with Oakland. It’s now the second free agent signing by Reggie McKenzie this offseason, following up the addition of Marshall Newhouse.
So that’s what happened, but what does the addition of Cordarrelle Patterson mean for the Raiders?
First and foremost, it means the addition of a Pro Bowl kick returner. Patterson has five career kick return touchdowns and is tied for the longest return in NFL history, a 109 yarder in his rookie season. In 2016, Patterson was named to his second Pro Bowl and his second first team All-Pro as a returner.
The last time the Raiders had a kick return for a touchdown? 2011, before Patterson was even in the league.
But Patterson offers more than just a kick returner. Though that’s what he’s thought of as, he has value at wide receiver as well. How much? His numbers are very comparable to Seth Roberts, the number three receiver in Oakland last year.
But perhaps most importantly, Cordarrelle Patterson only had two drops on 70 targets last season. The third receiver position that once belonged to Seth Roberts is now up for grabs between the two and I for one think Patterson will come away as the number three receiver.
With the addition of Patterson, we will also likely see the departure of Andre Holmes but that’s a net upgrade. While Holmes was very good on special teams, he wasn’t an All Pro. But even more important than that, Patterson is a much bigger threat on offense than Holmes ever was.
And with that, the Raiders upgraded depth on offense and massively upgraded their return game. Not too shabby.
- March 14, 2021
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- james arcellana