Cordarrelle Patterson
Cordarrelle Patterson
30-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Atlanta Falcons
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Though he's classified as a wide receiver at each of his five NFL stops, Patterson brings most of his value as a running back and kick returner at this stage of his career. His total carries have either matched or exceeded his targets in each of the past three seasons, and the disparity (64-25) was greater than ever while suiting up for the Bears in 2020. Expect the trend to continue in Atlanta. Patterson won't be asked to run many routes on a receiver-rich team, but the RB room is among the shallowest in the league. After moving on from Todd Gurley, Brian Hill and Ito Smith this offseason, the Falcons didn't draft a running back, leaving free-agent pickup Mike Davis as the No. 1. Patterson and Qadree Ollison will head into training camp as the next men up on the depth chart behind Davis. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Falcons in March of 2021.
Inks deal with ATL
WRAtlanta Falcons
April 15, 2021
Patterson is signing a one-year, $3 million contract with the Falcons, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The 30-year-old is best known for his work on kick returns but can also provide depth at running back or wide receiver. The Bears used him as a backup RB last season, with Patterson taking 64 carries for 232 yards (3.6 YPC) and catching 21 passes for 132 yards (6.3 YPR). He isn't exactly a natural in the backfield, but Patterson could be in the mix for backup work, especially if the Falcons don't bring in an early draft pick on a back. It's also possible he shifts back to a depth role at wide receiver.
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How do Cordarrelle Patterson's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
4.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.39
 
% Team Air Yards
1.7%
 
% Team Targets
4.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
3.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
84.0%
 
Drop Rate
4.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.7
 
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#% of Team Snaps

82273%
76268%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Cordarrelle Patterson's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Shuttle Time, and Cone Drill metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
238 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.42 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.40 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.28 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
128 in
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Going into his eighth NFL season, Patterson hasn't posted 500 yards from scrimmage since 2014 and has never had more than 627 such yards in any season. In his first year with the Bears in 2019, he only received 28 touches, and it's difficult to see him having an increased role in 2020, especially after the team added Ted Ginn and rookie Darnell Mooney this offseason. As always, Patterson has much more value in leagues that award fantasy points for return yardage, as his 825 kick return yards last year was the fifth time in his career that he's posted at least 792 yards in that category.
Very few players in the NFL can touch the ball just a few times and have the type of impact on a game that Patterson does. His elite athleticism and game-breaking speed make him a player that terrifies defenses, but his lack of refined route running usually forces offensive coordinators to use him as a decoy that allows other teammates to see lighter coverage. Aside from his rookie season, he's yet to exceed 501 yards from scrimmage in any of the last five years. Of course, he also will be expected to serve as Chicago's kick returner, a role he's used to take six TDs to the house in his career.
At 6-2 and 228 pounds, Patterson adds size to the Patriots' wideout corps, but how much of a role the 2013 first-rounder ends up carving out in the offense has yet to be determined. His value as a kickoff returner and gunner should land him a roster spot and there's added opportunity with Brandin Cooks no longer in the mix and Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension to start the season. Chris Hogan will be a Week 1 starter, but after that not much is set on New England's wide receiver depth chart. In addition to Patterson, the Patriots have Eric Decker, Phillip Dorsett and Braxton Berrios on hand. At least one member of that group has a chance to emerge as an early-season fantasy sleeper, which makes Patterson's rapport with QB Tom Brady worth monitoring as the summer rolls along.
Considered a first-round bust in Minnesota, Patterson caught just two passes for 10 yards in 16 games during the 2015 season -- his third year in the league -- before bouncing back last season with a career-high 52 receptions. Much of Patterson's value has come in the kick return game, which doesn't help potential fantasy owners in most league formats. The top of the wideout depth chart is secure in Oakland with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree leading the way, but Patterson will have an opportunity to compete against Seth Roberts for slotting behind the top duo. Roberts is a likely candidate to retain his position after posting 10 touchdowns through his first two years in the league, leaving Patterson strictly as a deep threat, bubble-screen weapon, and return specialist.
Patterson's disappointing performance as a receiver worsened throughout the 2015 season, as he caught just two balls on two targets for 10 yards in 16 games. Nearly all of his value came in the kick-return game, where he racked up 1,019 yards and found the end zone twice. The Vikings elected not to pick up the fifth-year option on Patterson's contract, so he's set to become a free agent following his 2016 campaign. With the addition of first-round pick Laquon Treadwell, Patterson's role as a receiver figures to once again be heavily limited, but his athletic ability could occasionally be used as a weapon for the team's offense -- not just special teams -- if he improves in training camp.
After Patterson caught 45 passes for 469 yards and four TDs during his 2013 rookie campaign, expectations with regard to his production were rosy in advance of last season, but instead he experienced a regression on that front. Still, the 24-year-old wideout – who recorded 33 catches for 384 yards and a TD in 16 games for the Vikings last year -- has plenty of ability, and with improved route running – a stated goal of his – this coming season, Patterson is a candidate to turn things around. That said, in the wake of the free agent departure of Greg Jennings, trade acquisition Mike Wallace and returnee Charles Johnson are currently penciled in as the Vikings' starting wideouts, so nothing will be handed to Patterson as he approaches his third NFL season.
Despite not being involved in the offense until late in the year, Patterson scored nine touchdowns as a rookie (four receiving, three rushing, two returns). And from Weeks 14-17, Patterson had five touchdowns from scrimmage, 15 catches, 215 receiving yards and 129 rushing yards. At 6-2, 220, Patterson is tall for a player with game-breaking speed and elusiveness, and he seems to run even faster than his 4.42 NFL Combine time. In short, there’s little doubt about his physical skills, and we have to think the opportunities will be there from Week 1, even with Greg Jennings still around. Of course, it’s unclear who will be throwing him the ball. Matt Cassel was the best quarterback on the team last year, but the Vikings traded up to draft Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd pick, and it’s only a matter of time before he takes over. While Bridgewater certainly has the higher long-term ceiling, Patterson is likely to have to adjust to a rookie quarterback either in training camp or during the year. But the addition of offensive coordinator Norv Turner (the architect behind Josh Gordon’s breakout in Cleveland last year while playing with three sub-standard quarterbacks) should help. Expect Turner to target Patterson down the field more and scheme to take advantage of his big-play ability. Throw in Patterson’s added contributions on the ground and in the return game, and there’s a good deal of upside here.
After dealing Percy Harvin to the Seahawks, the Vikings signed Greg Jennings – and spent the 29th overall pick on Patterson. While Jennings will be the team's No. 1 wideout, Patterson has an excellent chance to break camp as a starter. At 6-2, 216 and with rare open-field running skills, Patterson is a threat to make plays even on shorter throws. He's tough to bring down, and he makes for a nice red-zone target. Like most rookie receivers, his game lacks polish, and it's unclear whether Christian Ponder will get him the ball farther down the field. Moreover, as long as Adrian Peterson stays healthy, the Vikings are always going to be a run-first team.
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Likely to leave Chicago
WRChicago Bears
January 28, 2021
Patterson doesn't seem likely to re-sign with Chicago, according to SI.com's Gene Chamberlain.
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Limited role in defeat
WRChicago Bears
January 3, 2021
Patterson rushed four times for 18 yards in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
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Active for Week 17
WRChicago Bears
January 3, 2021
Patterson (knee) is listed as active heading into Sunday's game against the Packers.
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Considered questionable for finale
WRChicago Bears
January 1, 2021
Patterson (knee) carries a questionable designation into Sunday's game against the Packers after participating fully in Friday's practice.
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Sticks to special teams
WRChicago Bears
December 28, 2020
Patterson didn't play on offense in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Jaguars, JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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