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Falcons Have Puzzling Plan For Cordarrelle Patterson in 2022

Devon Platana
The Atlanta Falcons have a puzzling plan for Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2022 NFL season.
The Atlanta Falcons have a puzzling plan for Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2022 NFL season. / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

NFL veteran Cordarrelle Patterson became an Atlanta Falcons fan favorite in 2021 by impressing with his ability to both run and catch the ball. His playmaking was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise uneventful season, resulting in him re-signing with the team on a two-year, $10.5 million deal this offseason.

Fans hoping for more of the same from Patterson next season could be disappointed, though. ESPN's Michael Rothstein reported on Friday that the Falcons could end up using the 31-year-old as more of a wide receiver than a running back in 2022.

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Rothstein said that a combination of the Falcons' drafting BYU running back Tyler Allgeier in the fifth round last week, Calvin Ridley being suspended for the 2022 campaign and Russell Gage joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency could lead to Patterson's role in the backfield being diminished.

Understandably, the Falcons should want to use a more traditional RB like Allgeier as the starter after racking up over 1,600 rushing yards with the Cougars last fall. Still, too much pressure early on for a rookie rusher could be detrimental to their development.

Patterson enjoyed career-best performances when it came to both rushing (153 carries, 618 yards) and receiving (52 receptions, 548 yards) last season, scoring 11 touchdowns in the process. Failing to use him in a similar role might result in him being less effective.

One compromise would be using the Allgeier as the primary back and letting Patterson take snaps whenever the former needs a breather. Besides, the team also has first-round selection Drake London to handle the No. 1 WR duties while Patterson is in the backfield.

Regardless, the Falcons must find a way to make their offense dynamic and effective if they hope to see any success during the 2022 NFL season. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently favoring Atlanta to miss next year's playoffs at -1000 odds.

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