Watch out, Tom Brady: Falcons’ Cordarrelle Patterson Listed As Backup Safety For Buccaneers Match
Cordarrelle Patterson tortured the defense in 2021. Now, he may be torturing opposition offenses.
Patterson opened his eyes (and made fantasy owners very happy) in 2021. Wideband receivers and rock-recoverers have been used in a lot of roles for the Falcons in Arthur’s offense. Smith; With 411 yards of charge, 500 yards of reception and 311 yards of return, Patterson could eclipse the all-round 2,000-yard mark this season.
So what stage of the game is left for Patterson to conquer? Yes, Smith could switch to Patterson in defense this weekend. No, really.
Patterson listed as third chain safe on the official Falcons depth chart for Week 13 versus Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The Falcons head coach recently agreed to Patterson’s desire to play defensively, and that seems likely to be the case this weekend.
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Smith talks about Patterson after Atlanta’s Week 12 win over the Jaguars. “I could put him in the depth chart next week with free safety.”
Smith, apparently, made good on his word.
In fact, the Falcons’ Swiss Army knife got the snap last weekend against the Jaguars. He was credited with a free safe-play, no-goal wrap in the win.
His quick 2021 breakdowns are also truly a sight to behold (courtesy of Pro Football Focus):
- Rerun: 175 photos taken;
- Receiver (Inline / Slot / Wide): 122 snaps;
- Payer: 51 snaps;
- Punt’s coverage: 11 snaps;
- Free safety: 1 tick.
It’s pretty unlikely that Patterson will spark a rebirth of pure two-way players in the NFL, something people haven’t taken seriously in a long time. Ravens’ Patrick Ricard is one of the most recent examples of a player playing two lanes, playing at full-back and defending. However, he hasn’t played on the defensive side since 2018.
Better watch out, Tom Brady. Cordarelle is here.