A slew of free agent wide receivers signed on Thursday to thin out the market, but Cordarrelle Patterson is a special case — both in terms of role and career. Teams are taking it slower with him. But interest exists, with the fifth-year return man wrapping up a visit the Washington Redskins and soon set to visit the Oakland Raiders, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. Patterson thrived in one capacity for the Vikings, but not the one they hoped when they made him a first-round pick in 2013. Minnesota did not see much from the lanky wide receiver in the passing game during his four-year tenure in the Twin Cities, but Patterson has proven to be an exceptional return specialist. He is a two-time first-team All-Pro kick returner, with five kick-return touchdowns to his credit. The Associated Press bestowed the All-Pro kick returner distinction upon the former Florida State pass catcher in 2013 and 2016, and Patterson notched two kick-return TDs in 2015. The Vikes, though, phased the 6-foot-2 player out of their offense for nearly the entirety of the 2014 and ’15 seasons. Unsurprisingly, they did not pick up the 25-year-old’s fifth-year option when faced with that decision last year. He did total 453 receiving yards last season and has been known to make deep-league fantasy owners’ days with long rushing touchdowns (four career rushing scores) but is likely being wooed for his return capabilities.
Patterson visits Redskins, will meet with Raiders
Fanrag Sports | Mar 10