Patterson hops to show Raiders he's more than a returner

Posted March 15, 2017

A short time after lobbying for a return to Minnesota on his Snapchat page, two-time Pro Bowl receiver and return man Cordarrelle Patterson chose to sign with the Oakland Raiders.

Patterson said Carr also texted him after the contract was signed. Of those catches, 52 came last season when Patterson caught 73.4 of the 70 passes thrown his way. In his four seasons, he made a minimal impact as a receiver, catching just 132 passes for 1,316 yards and seven touchdowns.

Keen to Patterson's versatility and explosiveness, the Vols had him returning punts and kicks by season's end where he returned four punts for 101 yards and a touchdown, and 24 kicks for 671 yards during the year. Patterson owns the National Football League record for the longest kickoff return touchdown and is the only player in National Football League history to record a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown, a 75-yard touchdown catch and a 50-yard rushing touchdown in the same season, which he accomplished during his rookie year in 2013.

When putting the period on Patterson's Vikings career, there is plenty of blame to go around. As a third or fourth receiver on his new team behind Pro Bowler Amari Cooper and the veteran Michael Crabtree, Patterson can find himself open in the slot or on shorter passing routes.

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The Minnesota Vikings lost another big-ticket free agent, as Cordarrelle Patterson signed with the Raiders on Monday. He had a 93-yard kick return for a touchdown against the Raiders in 2015.

"So, a guy like that, I appreciate taking time out of his day to send me a text when he didn't have to", Patterson said. "You know, when I scored that touchdown, they were giving me a lot of crap, all that stuff, but I'm a happy person".

Fans who want to see Cordarrelle Patterson return to the Minnesota Vikings are going to be disappointed when they hear that he will not suit up for them next season. "It's just going to be an onus for me to step up my game".