But with the Vikings looking to get 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell, Patterson became expendable.
There's no doubt the prospect of Patterson being a jack of all trades within Oakland's high-flying offense is enticing, but Minnesota tried just about everything over the past four seasons to make it work and failed. One of his five career return touchdowns was 109 yards. "Trust me I want to", Patterson had written.
"You're nine yards deep in the end zone and you have those 10 guys in front of you who are going to block and give you their all".
If Oakland can figure out how to use Patterson as an offensive weapon, this could be a nice marriage, especially since Amari Cooper is already established with the Raiders. "All those things lined up and was definitely a huge reason why I chose here". The Raiders last returned a kick for a touchdown in 2011, when Jacoby Ford did it against Cleveland.
But Patterson's biggest impact came in the kick return game, where he returned 25 kicks for 792 yards - an average of 31.7 yards per return (his third season averaging over 30 yards a return).
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When free agency began, it was assumed that WR Cordarrelle Patterson was going to leave. "I feel like that's my best in the game right there, so I want to go and help on special teams as much as I can and get this receiver stuff down pat".
That said, Patterson said over the weekend that he hoped to stay in Minnesota, even after visiting the Redskins and Bears.
Ironically, Raiders cornerback David Amerson getting roasted by Patterson multiple times during his FBS debut is still noted in Patterson's National Football League scouting profile to this day. "My whole family is excited and I'm just ready to start a new journey".
Those fans would very much appreciate if you blessed them with a kick return touchdown next season.