The New England Patriots immediately answered the question of replacing Danny Amendola by making the trade for wide receiver/special teamer Cordarrelle Patterson and sixth round pick while giving the Oakland Raiders a fifth round selection.
Pardon My Take broke the news just a half hour ago on their Twitter account.
Breaking – Reports out of Oakland, recurring guest WR Cordarrelle Patterson expected to be traded to the Patriots per sources. Please credit
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) March 18, 2018
Patterson was taken with selection No.29 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft in which the Patriots had but traded away to the Vikings. He struggled to make a name for himself at wide receiver but has improved in that aspect as his career has gone on.
Patterson has prided himself as being one of the best special teams players in the National Football League as he has accumulated numerous accolades for his returning skills which include.
- Two-time Pro Bowl (2013, 2016)
- 2-time First-team All-Pro (2013, 2016)
- Second-team All-Pro (2015)
- PFWA All-Rookie Team (2013)
He also holds numerous Vikings franchise records which include the following.
- First wide receiver to rush for 100 yards in a game: 102 yards (September 7, 2014)
- Longest rushing touchdown by a wide receiver: 67 yards (September 7, 2014)
- Most kickoff return yards in a season: 1,393 (2013)
- Most kickoff return yards in a season by a rookie: 1,393 (2013)
- Highest kick return average in a season: 32.4 (2013)
- Highest kick return average in a career: 29.6 (2013–present)
- Most kickoff return touchdowns in a season: 2 (2013) (tied with Percy Harvin)
- Longest play by a Viking: 109 yards (October 27, 2013)
- Most games with 100 kick return yards: 13
- Most kick return yards by a Viking: 4,040
- Most Special Team touchdowns by any Viking in franchise history: 5 (tied with Marcus Sherels)
Patterson is a solid receiver who can turn the ball up field on an end around and run the ball for rushing yards which he has done a great job with amassing six touchdowns and over 10 yards per carry.
The acquisition of Patterson could mean the end of a beloved Patriot Matthew Slater’s tenure in New England as the all-time great special teamer reportedly visited the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this week.
Here’s the list of wide receivers now including addition of Patterson.
- Julian Edelman
- Brandin Cooks
- Chris Hogan
- Kenny Britt
- Malcolm Mitchell
- Phillip Dorsett
- Cordarrelle Patterson
- Riley McCarron
- Cody Hollister