Cordaryl Patterson’s NFL career began with him as a purple blur for the Minnesota Vikings.
In the second game of his junior season, he started the opening match 105 yards to land. in the eighth week, He tied the NFL record for the longest-playing game in league history by kicking off the opening game 109 yards from home. Rookie 6-foot-2,216-pound, who scored 4.42 for the 40 yard dash and scored a 37-inch vertical jump in the scouting combine, scoring nine touchdowns in 2013. It was a promising career for sure in Patterson if he played well after only one season in Tennessee that preceded his two years of college football.
For a while, it was mostly a special team player that was used in instrument plays. As a kick returner, he’s been fantastic – a four-time All-Pro – but he hasn’t been able to turn that perfect size and speed into a consistent threat as a wide receiver. He bounced around the league for several years — with stops in Oakland, New England and Chicago — before signing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021. At the end of that season, the players voted him into the NFL Top 100 for the first time in his career — number 73.
The Hawks finally found a way to make Patterson a constant threat to attack. He was still pulling some kick back for the Falcons, but his 18th comeback that season was least in his career. Patterson did attack damage, totaling 1,166 yards from melee and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2021. The Falcons decided to go ahead with a strategy that the other teams had used sparingly—they started Patterson running backwards.
During his only season with the New England Patriots in 2018, they began experimenting with him in the background as a real part of their running game rather than just sweeping the jets. When he signed with the Chicago Bears, they took it one step further. In his second season with them, he carried the ball 64 times.
Then Bears head coach Matt Nagy saw the potential at Patterson as a step back. So when quarterback coach Dave Rajon was promoted to passing games coordinator in 2020, Nagy asked him to take some one on one time with Patterson, according to Athletic Dan Pompey, and he helped turn that sport that was so confusing for so many teams into running back. Then when Rajon landed a job as offensive coordinator at the Atlanta Falcons in 2021, he brought Patterson with him.
Look at Patterson Pro Football reference Shows that the only years He has been included in the line-up and two are his two with the Hawks. He was their race leader in 2021 with 153 buggies for 618 yards and six touchdowns. However, that doesn’t mean his passing days were behind him. In fact, 2021 was his best season doing what the Vikings wanted him to do when they drafted him in the first round in 2013. Patterson tied his career in receptions with 52, but this time he averaged 10.7 yards per reception and was carried over in five touchdowns – Also in a high profession.
Patterson picks up this season exactly where he left off. In the Falcons’ 27-26 season opener loss to the New Orleans Saints, he had the best day of his career, running the ball 22 times for 120 yards and touchdowns.
Most NFL players never get the chance to reinvent themselves six seasons in their careers. Fortunately for Patterson, as an athlete, he stands out in a room full of them. His athletic ability is so special that after being declared a disappointment, and by some spoiled, the 31-year-old Patterson has become one of the most unique offensive weapons in the NFL.
It’s proof that if you are able to re-kick 109 yards in an NFL game, walk around long enough and the game will evolve to a place where you will find your best turn.
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