It appears the Chicago Bears are ready to commit to Cordarrelle Patterson as more of an offensive weapon than a wide receiver in 2020. Patterson has been participating in running back meetings so far in training camp, and in Monday's first padded practice of the summer, he was running through drills at the position too.
Video of Patterson taking part in running back drills surfaced on Twitter before ultimately being taken down.
Patterson has a fantastic opportunity to contribute on offense in 2020 with a position shift to the backfield. The Bears have little depth behind starter David Montgomery. Only Tarik Cohen, who's really more of a receiving threat than a true early-down runner, offers a viable option after Montgomery, but with Patterson's combination of size and explosive ability, he could prove to be a much bigger factor in the run game than previously imagined.
Remember: This won't be the first time Patterson's contributed out of the backfield. He had a successful stretch as a running back for the Patriots in 2018 when he carried the ball 42 times for 228 yards and one touchdown (5.4 yards per carry).
Even that level of production will be a welcome addition to the Bears' offense this season.