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Cordarrelle Patterson doesn't seem surprised with success as running back: 'I mean, I’m a playmaker'

Ryan Hannable
November 05, 2018 - 11:02 am

FOXBORO -- For the second straight week, even though Cordarrelle Patterson is a wide receiver, he was the Patriots' leading rusher.

With Sony Michel missing another game due to a knee injury, only James White and Kenjon Barner were the active backs, which meant Patterson was in the backfield once again. He rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while also catching a pass for seven yards.

Patterson doesn't seem surprised by his success.

“I mean, I’m a playmaker," he said. "I just try to make plays when my number’s called. Like, I said last week, Josh McDaniels, he does a great job getting the playmakers the ball and putting it in their hands.”

The 27-year-old said he feels more comfortable in the backfield just because of more opportunity.

“I said I wanted 25 carries this week, but I don’t know how many I had," he said. "I told them to give me 25, but I don’t think they gave me 25. Like I said, whenever my number’s called I’m being ready for whatever I need to do on the football field.”

Patterson added: “The offensive line does a hell of a job week in and week out. There’s no way I could have made yards without those guys and James [Develin], I told James every time he’s out there and I’m running the ball I love it because he always gives me a good look.”

It remains to be seen how much more time he will see in the backfield, especially if Michel returns, but Patterson said he's willing to do whatever is asked of him.

“I mean it’s the next man up," he said. "It’s the NFL. If you can play, you can play. We didn’t like that the guys weren’t ready, but every guy is going to step up because this is our job. This is our life.”

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