Packers: Cordarrelle Patterson could be a difference-maker

Cordarrelle Patterson (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Cordarrelle Patterson (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Cordarrelle Patterson has played for both the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. How about he signs with another NFC North team this offseason, the Green Bay Packers?

Patterson is a free agent and still available, but there’s absolutely no doubt he could help the Packers, particularly for his work on special teams.

If there’s one area the Packers have consistently struggled for many years, it’s special teams. That includes the return game.

Last season, the Packers ranked 31st in the NFL for kickoff return yards. No more explanation required.

Enter Patterson, who is one of the best returners in the league. In fact, he is a four-time first-team All-Pro for his special teams work, and twice a second-team All-Pro. Patterson has also been voted to the Pro Bowl four times.

In eight seasons in the NFL, Patterson has returned 239 kickoffs for 7,118 yards and eight touchdowns. Yes, eight touchdowns. His career average is 29.8 yards per return.

For his ability on special teams, Patterson could be a game-changing addition for the Packers. He can regularly give the Packers good field position and even break out a touchdown return every now and then.

But that isn’t where Patterson’s role ends.

He can also be a versatile player on offense. He can play wide receiver or running back and line up just about anywhere he’s needed. Matt LaFleur loves to find creative ways to get playmakers the football, and he could do the same with Patterson. Whether he’s lined up out wide, in the slot, or in the backfield, Patterson could quickly become a complementary piece on offense.

Last season, Patterson had 21 receptions and 64 rushing attempts. There’s no doubt LaFleur could find a role for him on offense.

Patterson’s future remains uncertain, but how fun would it be to watch him return a kickoff for a touchdown at Soldier Field? Count me in.