Do they not have internet access in Chicago? Didn’t anyone out there google Cordarelle Patterson’s 2018 stats?
How else to explain Patterson — a wide receiver who’s not great at catching passes, a kickoff returner in a league trying to banish the kickoff return — agreeing to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Bears?
That’s what he’s done though. So good luck to the Bears.
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But even better luck to Patterson.
Nobody should have an issue with Patterson’s 2018 performance in New England, nor the fact he’s going elsewhere for more dough.
Even though he had his limitations as a receiver (he only had 21 receptions), he found a way to impact the Patriots offense.
He became an emergency running back when injuries at that position hit critical mass. He ran sweeps and caught screens and his mere presence on the field as a large man capable of high speed made defenses account for him every time he went in motion. Just in case.
Patterson also brought back 23 kickoffs with an average of 28.8 per return and a TD.
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But Patterson is 28 and he isn’t going to morph into a smooth and reliable wideout capable of being any more than a No. 3. He is what he is. Maybe the Bears are fine with that and see him as that outside complement that can drag coverage downfield with him and be a factor on sweeps.
But creativity will be the order of the day when it comes to Patterson. Otherwise, you’re not going to get much bang at all for those bucks.
Does his departure “hurt” the Patriots? Not really. He’s a bit player. A complement. A garnish. The Patriots have much, much, much bigger fish to fry with their pass-catching personnel than re-signing a guy who doesn’t catch passes so good.
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