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Cordarrelle Patterson: I'm the best kickoff returner in the league

Ryan Hannable
October 21, 2018 - 6:59 pm

Early on in Sunday's game against the Bears, Cordarrelle Patterson fumbled on a kick return that led to a Chicago touchdown.

Some might lose confidence or get frustrated after a play like that, but not Patterson.

The 27-year-old bounced back in a huge way with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the second quarter. 

“It wasn’t no redemption, man,” Patterson said to reporters after the game. “I’m a playmaker, man. I hold myself accounted as the best kickoff returner in the league, man, and that’s what I stand for. Every time I’m out there, I’ve got to be aggressive and approach it like it’s my last. So every time I do something bad, it’s going to sit on my head, but the next play, you’ve just got to keep going.” 

Added Patterson: “The wind was blowing. We knew he wasn’t going to kick it out, so Coach told me to play at the goal line and just be aggressive every time. The ball was kicked, it came right to me, and those 10 guys did a hell of a job setting all the blocks up for me. There’s no way I couldn’t score.” 

His six kickoff return touchdowns since 2013 lead the NFL during that span, and are tied for third-most in NFL history.

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