WR - ATL
Week 2 Outlook
Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson rushed seven times for 54 yards while hauling in both of his targets for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Eagles.
Patterson will operate as the No. 2 running back and gadget player in Atlanta's offense that is still trying to find its way sans Julio Jones. Once Wayne Gallman is acclimated to the offense, Patterson's opportunities as a rusher might diminish. He gets Tampa Bay next week.
Cordarrelle Patterson will be a major part of the special team's plan in Atlanta. He's most likely to be used in a gadget role but could also see a more traditional role for the Falcons.
The depth chart at running back behind Mike Davis is wide open and it's possible Patterson could carve out a role as a gadget player in the backfield. However, a more traditional role may result in the former Bear playing more snaps at receiver where the Falcons are also lacking options behind Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Ultimately, the eight-year pro is unlikely to receive enough touches every week to be a dependable fantasy asset. Patterson continues to be off the radar for redraft and dynasty purposes except in the biggest of formats that score return yards.
Cordarrelle Patterson is signing with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Mike Garafolo.
Interestingly enough for fantasy gamers, Patterson's listed as a receiver - not a running back. Patterson totaled 64 carries for 232 rushing yards (3.6 YPC) and a touchdown last season. He also totaled 21 receptions on 25 targets for 132 receiving yards. The six-time All-Pro is a sturdy zero RB target if the Falcons list him as a back.
Per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Veteran WR/returner Cordarrelle Patterson is visiting the Falcons, sources say. The expectation is the sides will have a deal soon.
After spending the last two seasons with the Bears in which he recorded two trips to the Pro Bowl, Patterson is rumored to likely sign with the Falcons. In two seasons, the veteran recorded 32 catches and 215 yards. High upside special teams singing for the Falcons.
Cordarrelle Patterson saw one carry for two yards in Sunday's first-round loss to the Saints. He also had two kick returns for 68 yards.
Patterson played all over the field for the Bears this year, playing running back and wide receiver on offense, returning kickoffs and punts, and playing gunner for the punt team. He becomes a free agent after this season and his future in Chicago remains unclear, although head coach Matt Nagy seems to have a penchant for the gadget player and he is likely to work out a deal in the offseason.