The Oakland Raiders signed KR/WR Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency. He has already impressed media and teammates in Mini Camp and OTAs.
Granted, it is way too early to get excited about anything. However, there are plenty of reasons why Patterson can build on this hype through a great regular season.
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This is the obvious one. Patterson ran 4.42 40-yard dash and registered a 37-inch vert which cemented him as a first round pick.
In fact, Patterson wowed last year’s returner in Jalen Richard. Richard said he was fast and he was going to help the team, per SFGate.com. Moreover, Patterson’s speed has already pushed Richard to run his reps full speed. Patterson’s speed and work ethic should continue pushing his teammates.
We already know Patterson can return well as he was a Pro Bowler for that in 2013 and 2016. His 31.7 yards per kickoff return led the league and his 104-yard return touchdown was last season’s longest. Now, Oakland will hope he can channel this explosiveness on more than just kick and punt returns.
First, Patterson was applauded by head coach Jack Del Rio. Then, offensive coordinator Todd Downing complimented the new addition via the Las Vegas Review Journal. The offensive coordinator said he is not worried about how Patter son was used in the past. He did say the Raiders will have fun implementing him in the offense. Downing added that Patterson is big, strong, physical and dynamic.
This type of confidence from a coach and coordinator can go a long way for Patterson. Patterson should thrive knowing that the coaches want to see him succeed on offense.
He’s moved on from the past
Downing is not the only one forgetting Patterson’s past. The wide receiver said what happened in the past, is in the past, per the same SFGate article. He said his eyes are towards what is in front of him and not what he could not control in past.
The humbled Patterson said he is ready to help the team anyway he can. This mentality will help him stay on the field more than the 50.4 percent of snaps he received from Minnesota.
Additionally, Patterson said he will learn whatever the coaches ask him to learn via the team’s website. He said he wants to do his best job to stay on the field. This is the mentality that the 2013 first round pick must have if he wants to resurge his career.
Sure, Patterson has yet to surpass 500 receiving yards in his career. Nonetheless, he has not played with a quarterback like Derek Carr. There were six starting quarterbacks during his time in Minnesota, but none of them were as good as Carr.
In addition, the new Raiders receiver said Carr is one of the greats. Patterson called it an honor to play with Carr and he said he was happy to play with the Raiders QB, per the team’s website. Clearly, Patterson appreciates good quarterback play since he dealt with so much bad play during his time with the Vikings.
Patterson has already impressed by catching passes from Carr and E.J. Mannuel in offseason practices. He will continue building chemistry with the Raiders’ QBs and it will help him have a breakout season.
Ultimately, it appears that Patterson finally has the right coaches and players around him. Further, Patterson is already showing the mentality that should help him reach his explosive potential in a breakout season for the Silver and Black.