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Can Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson produce more than originally thought?

Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2018 - 12:24 am

FOXBORO -- When the Patriots traded for Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, the thought was he would primarily be used as a kick returner.

Through the first two preseason games and multiple training camp practices, it would seem Patterson has a role in the offense as a receiver as well. Sure, he's not going to be a player Tom Brady looks to when he needs a big first down, but given his natural speed, the Patriots seem to be making an effort to get the ball in his hands.

It happened on two occasions Thursday night on wide receiver screens.

Patterson appeared to break one for a huge gain, but he stepped out of bounds after 23 yards so the play was brought back, and then later in the game he juked a defender for a 11-yard touchdown. The former Raiders and Vikings wide out finished with four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought he did a great job tonight," Brady said. "He's so dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands, and obviously over the course of his entire career, that's the way it's been. You know, he had a good touchdown there. He almost had the one at the sideline that I threw it to him, but he's done a great job."

Of course, Bill Belichick didn't have the same level of praise, but he seems to be happy with what he's seen.

"Well, it's a new system for him," he said. "He's done a good job. He's been out there every day. He works hard. He's a talented kid that’s made a lot of plays on the practice field. He made some plays in the game. Again, we'll just keep going and build on the positives. There’s some things that need to be refined but he works hard on those and hopefully those come together."

Belichick added: "He's been productive as a receiver. Obviously, we thought he could help us. We traded for him. We'll see how it goes."

Patterson seems to be a lock to make the roster along with Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett with Julian Edelman suspended the first four games.

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