Cordarrelle Patterson
Steelers RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson Expected to Have a Role Beyond Special Teams
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Steelers offseason addition Cordarrelle Patterson could have a larger role than only returning kicks in 2024, according to The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly.

The NFL changed its kickoff rules this offseason in a move expected to favor the return team significantly. Shortly after this change, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB/WR hybrid Cordarelle Patterson. Patterson’s offensive versatility is well known, but his most unique ability may be his skills as a returner. He leads all players in NFL history with nine kickoff returns for a touchdown.

 

When Patterson signed this offseason, most assumed the 33-year-old would be relegated to a role as a returner only. But a new report from The Athletic’s Mark Kaboloy claims Patterson “will likely have a bigger role than being a specialist.” Patterson could become a rotational option at wide receiver given Pittsburgh’s lack of depth. Behind George Pickens, there’s a competition for the team’s WR2 spot between rookie Roman Wilson, Calvin Austin III, Van Jefferson, and now Cordarrelle Patterson. As for the run game, Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren have that secured. But an injury to either during the season would lead to an expanded role for Patterson.