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Despite strong start to camp, Cordarrelle Patterson critical of self

Ryan Hannable
July 31, 2018 - 8:24 am

FOXBORO -- When the Patriots swung a trade for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, it was assumed it was to acquire a kick returner and also potentially to be used on gadget plays given his speed.

Through the first few days of training camp it appears the kick returner and gadget player label still holds true, but he also could be used in the passing game. The former Vikings and Raiders wide out has made the most of his opportunities with other receivers out with injuries and could potentially factor in as a receiver.

For his career, Patterson has averaged over 30 yards per kick return, while in 16 games with the Raiders last season caught only 31 passes for 309 yards.

Even though he's been impressive, Patterson says he can be even better.

“To be honest, it hasn’t been going as I’ve wanted it to go,” Patterson said after Monday's in-stadium practice. “There’s a lot of mistakes I’ve been making, and I’m just trying to get better each and every day, man. It’s a lot of mistakes. I’ve just got to quit thinking so much — new offense, new scheme, new everything. I just need to stop thinking so much as a player and just go out and play football like I’ve been doing my whole life. I’m not even looking at the good things I did. I’m just looking at the bad stuff and trying to get it corrected and build that trust with the quarterback and the offensive coordinator and the head coach to show that I’m trustworthy and be where I need to be, each and every day.”

Having joined the team just a few months ago, Patterson is making sure he gets to know everyone within the organization.

“It’s been good. I’m just out here trying to learn every player and staffer. From the equipment guys on down — everybody in the building is part of the team — so just trying to get to know everybody,’’ Patterson said. “Make sure I put my face out there and say hello to people, ask them how they’re doing, how’s their family doing. That just kind of person I am — I talk to everybody. Make sure everybody knows who I am. I’m a good person. I’m a happy person. I always keep a smile on my face.’’

While he admitted it was a bit of a surprise to be traded to New England, he seems to like the fit and the competitive atmosphere, especially at the receiver position with plenty of players competing for playing time.

“Everybody’s competing for a job. Nobody got no job [guaranteed] on this team,’’ he said. “And that’s what I like about this organization — everybody’s fighting for a position like it was their last time they’ll be playing. Coming here, it was a blessing from the skies. I love competing. ... I’m just working my butt off every single day no matter what aspect of the game it is. Special teams, offense, I’m just going out there and busting my tail and make sure I’m doing the right thing.’’

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