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Steelers add former Falcons playmaker Cordarrelle Patterson

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By: Curt Popejoy

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now added their third offensive skill-position player of the offseason. First, the team added wide receiver Van Jefferson, then wide receiver Quez Watkins and not they have signed running back/wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson started is NFL career listed primarily as a wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings but his all-around skill set has allowed him to establish himself as a true three-tool player.

Over the course of his 11-year career, Patterson has 298 receptions, 125 carries along with 273 kickoff returns as a 29.3 yards per return average.

New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith knows Patterson well from his time as the Falcons head coach and despite not making Patterson a starter in 2023, understands how he can impact the offense.

But Patterson’s real value will be as a kickoff returner. The new kickoff rules will seriously benefit teams with guys like Patterson who can make people miss in the open field. It is early but we expect a big season from Patterson on special teams and possibly a return to the offensive lineup as a receiver.

Originally posted on Steelers Wire