Cordarrelle Patterson Status: Cordarrelle Patterson, better known by his nickname “Flash,” is an American football running back, wide receiver, and return specialist who plays for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League’s National Football Conference (NFL).
After starring in college football at Tennessee, he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2013 National Football League Draft. Patterson has also played for the Oakland Raiders, the New England Patriots, and the Chicago Bears, among other teams.
Patterson’s 109-yard kick return against the Green Bay Packers in 2013 tied the NFL record for the longest play and set a new record for the longest kick return in the league’s history, which was the longest possible. He is widely regarded as one of the finest kickoff return specialists in NFL history, having scored a league-high eight kickoff return touchdowns throughout his distinguished career.
Patrick Patterson, who was tested for a possible concussion early in Sunday’s game but was found to be fine, rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Jets. He grabbed seven receptions for a total of 60 yards on nine targets.
The season-high in rushing attempts set by Patterson was more than doubled, as he narrowly edged out Mike Davis in both yards gained and attempts made. Patton also took advantage of the absence of numerous pass catchers, most notably Calvin Ridley (personal reasons), to record a season-high seven receptions.
Despite the fact that Patterson’s volume was limited in this game, it is evident that he has cemented a big place in the Falcons offense as a receiver and rusher in both the passing and running game. He and the team will have a bye in Week 6 and will return to the field in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.
At Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Patterson participated in football, basketball, and track & field events.
Jimmy Wallace served as his mentor and coach. During his final season, he caught 75 receptions for 944 yards and 18 touchdowns, helping his team to the State Class 4A Division II title game. He was also named to the All-State Team. Patterson also competed in track and field for Northwestern High School, where he earned three letters.
He spent part of 2009 beginning a post-graduate year at North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy, but he did not participate in football and left the school before the spring semester to enroll at Hutchinson Community College in the fall.