Cordarrelle Patterson

Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #84
Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #84

Cordarrelle Patterson News

Placed on IR with knee injury

The Falcons placed Patterson (knee) on injured reserve Monday following a procedure, Scott Bair of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Patterson will need to spend at least four games on IR, but per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the plan is for him to return. An actual timetable for Patterson's recovery remains undisclosed, as do details of his knee procedure. The veteran entered Sunday's 23-20 win over the Brown nursing a knee injury, and he logged only one carry in the second half before opting for surgery Monday. Rookie running back running back looks primed for increased work in Patterson's stead, and Atlanta also inked Caleb Huntley to the 53-man roster in a corresponding move.

Oct 3, 2022 10:13 AM EST

Scores on nine touches in win

Patterson (knee) started and finished with nine rushes for 38 yards and a touchdown (no targets) in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Patterson was held out of practice this week with a knee injury, but he was ultimately cleared for action before kickoff as previously reported. The converted wide receiver finished with a strong fantasy game thanks to his third rushing score of the season. It is worth noting that Patterson fell behind Tyler Allgeier (10 carries for 84 yards) and Caleb Huntley (10 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown) in touches despite no reports of an injury after the game. A committee approach to the backfield would hurt veteran's fantasy value, especially considering the lack of targets out of the backfield with Marcus Mariota under center so far this season (four receptions for 28 yards). Patterson and Atlanta's rushing attack will face a stout Tampa Bay rushing defense next Sunday.

Oct 2, 2022 5:30 PM EST

Suiting up in Week 4

Patterson (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Browns, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Patterson was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with an official listing of "resting player/knee" before being a limited participant at Friday's session, earning a questionable designation for Week 4 in the process. The issue won't keep Patterson from game action, though, and he's now poised to lead the Falcons backfield yet again. Through three games this season, he's totaled 53 touches for 330 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns.

Oct 2, 2022 8:37 AM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Patterson (knee) plans to suit up for Sunday's game against the Browns but his status could come down to the wire, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Patterson is officially listed as questionable, and Schefter reports a source close to the Falcons organization saying "it's close." The veteran running back resumed practicing in a limited capacity Friday after having missed two straight sessions to begin the week. Patterson's official status for Week 4 will be made available roughly 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, as Patterson will need to test his knee in pregame warmups.

Oct 2, 2022 2:28 AM EST

Technically listed as questionable

Patterson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns after returning to practice Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Patterson was held out Wednesday and Thursday with the Falcons listing it as "resting player/ knee". That suggests his knee injury isn't serious, as does the return to practice Friday in a limited capacity, but the Falcons nonetheless are giving him a designation ahead of a 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday. Fantasy managers will probably want to check back after inactives are released at 11:30, even though Patterson is unlikely to be on Atlanta's list. He should be started in most formats if active, as the two best rushing totals of his career (141 and 120 yards) have occurred this season and he's averaging 16.3 carries per game.

Sep 30, 2022 10:20 AM EST

Rested for second straight practice

The Falcons withheld Patterson from a second straight practice for rest-related reasons, Ashton Edmunds of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Officially, the Falcons attributed Patterson's absence to "resting player/knee" on their Week 4 injury report, so his lack of on-field work may not have been entirely for maintenance purposes. Moreover, Atlanta held a non-padded practice Thursday, so Patterson wouldn't have taken contact even if he had participated. At this stage, head coach Arthur Smith hasn't suggested that Patterson is at risk of missing Sunday's game against the Falcons, but fantasy managers will still want to keep an eye on news pertaining to the 31-year-old as the weekend approaches. Patterson is coming off a career-best 141-yard rushing performance in last week's win over the Seahawks.

Sep 29, 2022 1:35 PM EST

Big plays spark offense in win

Patterson rushed 17 times for 141 yards and one touchdown while hauling in his only target for 12 yards during Sunday's 27-23 victory over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Patterson had four rushes of over 10 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 17-10 lead in the second quarter. He notched a 40-yard rush and an 18-yard gain on back-to-back plays to set up a Drake London touchdown at the end of the third quarter. After a quiet outing in Week 2, Patterson exploded for his second 100-plus yard game over the first three games off the season. His lack of involvement in the passing game compared to last year remains a bit of a concern, but Patterson appears to be a focal point in Atlanta's revamped offense, which has scored at least 25 points in each game this season.

Sep 25, 2022 5:26 PM EST

Slips into split backfield

Patterson carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: After handling 22 carries in Week 1, it was unclear just how heavy of a load Patterson would take on in Week 2. He split carries exactly evenly with rookie Tyler Allgeier, though Patterson worked more efficiently with his opportunity. It was always unlikely that the Falcons would treat Patterson as a true workhorse back, but the more concerning part of his usage Sunday was that he was targeted only once. If that lack of involvement in the passing game continues, Patterson's potential value to fantasy managers diminishes significantly.

Sep 18, 2022 8:48 PM EST

Strong performance in loss

Patterson notched 22 carries for 120 yards and one touchdown, while catching three of five targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 27-26 loss versus New Orleans.

Analysis: Patterson was held out for the majority of Atlanta's offseason work, which prompted rumors that rookie fifth-round pick Tyler Allgeier may carve out a sizable role to start the season. However, Allgeier was a healthy scratch, while Patterson dominated the snaps in the season opener. The veteran running back's absence this summer was meant to help him stay healthier as the season progresses because his production dropped significantly in later weeks after bursting onto the scene during his first season primarily at running back. Patterson proved the start to last year was no fluke, and he'll look to maintain his strong play against the Rams in Week 2.

Sep 11, 2022 2:38 PM EST

Not expected to play versus Jaguars

Patterson is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Jaguars, according to Michael Rothstein of

Analysis: Looking ahead to Week 1's contest against the Saints, once the games count the versatile Patterson is slated to continue to head an Atlanta backfield that also currently includes Damien Williams, Tyler Allgeier, Qadree Ollison and Caleb Huntley.

Aug 27, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Plays one snap

Patterson did not record a statistic but did take the field during Monday's preseason loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Damien Williams was the first back on the field for Atlanta, though Patterson took the field for the team's second play and lined up as a receiver. Patterson has played only one snap in each of the Falcons' first two preseason games, not enough to get a feel for his potential offensive role come the regular season. Regardless of where he lines up, Patterson should be a substantial part of the team's offensive gameplan.

Aug 22, 2022 8:56 PM EST

Slated to suit up Monday

Coach Arthur Smith said any Falcon who is healthy is expected to play in Monday's preseason contest at the Jets, a group that includes Patterson, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Smith relayed the news on Monday Night Countdown on ESPN. This will mark Patterson's second appearance of exhibition season, after he went without a touch on his only offensive snap preseason Week 1 in Detroit. With Drake London (knee) and likely Bryan Edwards (shoulder) out Monday, Patterson and Kyle Pitts represent the biggest names that will be available to Marcus Mariota.

Aug 22, 2022 4:53 PM EST

No touches versus Lions

Patterson played but didn't get any touches in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: Patterson was on the field for Atlanta's opening snap on offense, but he never got his number called during his brief appearance. The utility tailback should garner more work in the Falcons' next preseason game versus the Jets.

Aug 12, 2022 6:32 PM EST

Wants to return kicks still

Patterson said he plans to return kickoffs this year, hoping to set an NFL record of nine career kick return touchdowns, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.comreports.

Analysis: The 31-year-old former wideout is coming off his best NFL season on the offensive side of the ball, where he managed 1,166 total yards and 11 TDs in a struggling Atlanta offense. He's currently tied for the all-time lead with eight TDs on kickoffs, and Patterson said he'd give up the task once he set the record. For fantasy purposes, it's a minor concern, with the bigger issues being Patterson's workload, health and performance. He shared work with Mike Davis last season even when Davis continued to struggle, and the Falcons now have Damien Williams and fifth-round rookie Tyler Allgeier joining Qadree Ollison as competition for backfield snaps. Patterson is still the best athlete of the bunch at age 31, but his role is hardly airtight after averaging only 31. 8 total yards over the final five games of last season.

Jul 26, 2022 1:13 PM EST

Likely won't be workhorse back

Atlanta rested Patterson during all of the team's spring workouts with the intention of heading into the regular season with him fully healthy, but expecting the converted return man to operate as a workhorse back in 2022 may be overly optimistic, per Josh Kendall of The Athletic.

Analysis: Patterson will be Atlanta's starting running back to open 2022 after his breakout performance -- 1,166 total yards and 11 touchdowns -- last season. However, the Falcons are expected to continue taking a cautious approach with the running back to avoid another late-season decline, so it's possible the 2013 first-round pick finds himself in a timeshare to start the 2022 season. While the 31-year-old is still expected to garner a major role, Kendall urges fans to pump the brakes on him improving on last season's numbers and suggests that anything other than regression would be a win for Patterson and the Falcons.

Jul 10, 2022 11:20 AM EST

Will be held out of minicamp

The Falcons will hold Patterson out during mandatory minicamp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said before Tuesday's practice that Patterson is "working on a vet offseason program" instead of participating in minicamp practices. The converted kick returner experienced a breakout campaign during his first year in Atlanta, totaling 1,166 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns. However, he fell off towards the end of the season, registering just 100 total yards and one score over his last four games. A better conditioned Patterson could garner more opportunities on a game-by-game basis and may be more effective later in the season, which should bode well for his overall fantasy potential.

Jun 14, 2022 10:33 AM EST

Returning to Atlanta

Patterson signed a contract with the Falcons on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: There was some concern Patterson's breakout season might price the Falcons out of re-signing the do-it-all threat, but the market for running backs never materialized thus allowing the 31-year-old to return. The Falcons did add former Chiefs and Bears backup Damien Williams on a one-year deal which theoretically could cut into Patterson's carries, but it's hard to imagine the former really impacting Patterson's targets given Williams is averaging 7.6 yards-per-catch across his entire career. Given Patterson has tallied a combined 1,455 yards and eight touchdowns across his previous four seasons it's certainly fair to wonder if the veteran is simply a one-year wonder, but with little standing in the way from a depth chart perspective, Patterson at least appears to be the frontrunner to start next season.

Mar 19, 2022 9:50 AM EST

Pedestrian in loss

Patterson ran four times for 11 yards and caught his only target for one yard during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Patterson posted his worst fantasy performance in the final game of what has been a breakout campaign for the versatile veteran. He finished the 2021 campaign with 153 rushes for 618 yards and six touchdowns while adding 52 receptions for 548 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Patterson signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Falcons last offseason and will certainly garner interest from around the league after his career year.

Jan 10, 2022 9:21 AM EST

52 yards from scrimmage in loss

Patterson rushed nine times for 28 yards and brought in both targets for 24 yards in the Falcons' 29-15 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also returned one kickoff for 23 yards.

Analysis: The versatile veteran was modestly involved in a game that eventually failed to favor the ground attack as the Falcons progressively fell behind in the second half. Patterson hasn't topped 30 rushing yards in three games and 30 receiving yards in seven, sending him into the Week 18 finale against the Saints with little momentum.

Jan 2, 2022 4:29 PM EST

Finds end zone on ground

Patterson rushed seven times for 14 yards and a touchdown, brought in one of two targets for minus-2 yards and returned three kickoffs for 79 yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday. He

Analysis: The hybrid star was extremely inefficient on a yards-per-touch basis, but he still found a way to offer a serviceable fantasy return with his six-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Patterson also rewarded fantasy managers rolling him with him on rosters in formats that count return yardage, and despite the fact he's averaged a microscopic 0.6 yards per carry over his last two games, his nose for the end zone always gives him some upside. Patterson's next chance to build on his numbers in what has been a career-best season comes in an unenviable Week 17 road matchup versus the Bills.

Dec 26, 2021 4:37 PM EST

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