Patterson rushed five times for 18 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 30-17 win over Tampa Bay. He also caught two of three targets for one yard.
Analysis: Patterson took a back seat to Tyler Allgeier during the Falcons' season finale, but the veteran salvaged his Week 18 production by recording Atlanta's lone rushing touchdown during the win. After totaling 122 rushing attempts for 619 yards and six touchdowns over his first 10 appearances, Patterson saw just 22 rushes for 77 yards over the final three games of the season, though he did record two touchdowns during that stretch. He ultimately finished with career highs in rushing yards (695) and rushing touchdowns (eight), but he saw a significant regression in his passing-game production, as he caught just 21 passes for 122 yards after registering 52 receptions and 548 yards a year ago. Overall Patterson's season wasn't disappointing, but there were certainly signs that his prolific 2021 campaign was an outlier compared to his normal production. His cap hit for 2023 is $5.5 million, which is a sizable contract and suggests he'll have a solid role next year, but after Allgeier's impressive rookie campaign, Patterson may be relegated to backup duties moving forward.
Jan 10, 2023 9:22 AM EST
Patterson rushed the ball nine times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Cardinals. He added six receptions on eight targets for 42 yards.
Analysis: Patterson was more than doubled in rushing attempts by Tyler Allgeier, but he punched in a touchdown late in the second quarter from five yards away. After being surprisingly unused as a receiver for most of the season, Patterson got involved as a pass catcher and managed a season high in targets, receptions and receiving yards. Overall, Patterson has managed more than 50 rushing yards in five of his last six games while scoring two touchdowns in that span.
Jan 1, 2023 6:58 PM EST
Patterson carried the ball eight times for 17 yards and caught his only target for 14 yards in Saturday's 17-9 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: The veteran took a back seat to Tyler Allgeier in the Atlanta backfield, seeing nine touches to the rookie's 22, and it's possible the Falcons will continue to feature the younger back in their final two games now that they've been eliminated from the playoffs. Patterson will head into a Week 17 clash with the Cardinals having compiled 714 scrimmage yards and six rushing TDs over 11 games in 2022.
Dec 24, 2022 2:31 PM EST
Patterson rushed 14 times for 52 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Saints. He also caught one of three targets for zero yards.
Analysis: Patterson saw 17 total touches to Tyler Allgeier's 18, but the rookie significantly outproduced the veteran. Patterson's struggles may open up more playing time for Allgeier moving forward, especially with Atlanta quickly falling out of the playoff picture. However, the Falcons continue to rely heavily on the run game, so Patterson will garner fantasy intrigue as long as he's available, though both running back's overall potential has been limited all season due to the timeshare.
Dec 18, 2022 3:10 PM EST
Patterson rushed 11 times for 60 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Patterson saw one more rushing attempt and produced eight more yards than Tyler Allgeier, as the two running backs continue to split the majority of the backfield work. The veteran running back was held in check in the first half, rushing three times for zero yards, but he got back on track in the third quarter. His final tally would've looked a lot better if his seven-yard touchdown run in the second half wasn't called back due to a Parker Hesse hold. Patterson also wasn't targeted in the passing game for the first time since Week 4, which could be a concerning development. Regardless, Patterson's consistent usage likely lands him as a viable flex option when the Falcons return to action following their Week 14 bye.
Dec 4, 2022 1:08 PM EST
Patterson rushed the ball 11 times for 52 yards in Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Commanders. He added three receptions on five targets for 19 yards.
Analysis: Patterson continued to see his workload monitored carefully, as he's now seen between 10 and 13 carries in three of his four games since returning from a knee injury. He also manage gains of 21, 15 and 13 yards to top 50 rushing yards for the second consecutive game. Patterson's involvement as a pass catcher was also encouraging, as his five targets matched his highest mark of the season.
Nov 27, 2022 3:56 PM EST
Patterson rushed 10 times for 52 yards and caught both of his targets for seven yards during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Bears. He also returned for a kickoff for a 103-yard touchdown and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Patterson garnered two more rushing attempts than Tyler Allgeier, but the ladder was slightly more efficient than the former. The veteran Patterson lost a fumble in the second quarter, setting up an Eagles touchdown, but he quickly made up for the blunder by taking a kickoff for a 103-yard score the next time he touched the ball. The Falcons' running game appears to be a committee moving forward, but given Atlanta's run-first mindset, both running backs should be on fantasy radars as potential flex options.
Nov 20, 2022 1:55 PM EST
Patterson rushed five times for 18 yards and brought in his only target for two yards in the Falcons' 25-15 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.
Analysis: The Falcons went with a deep timeshare in the backfield Thursday night, as Patterson was one of four running backs to log carries. The versatile veteran tied for second in that category with Caleb Huntley, and he was disappointingly minimally involved in the passing attack. Patterson's carry total was a season low, as were his rushing and receiving yardage tallies. With extra time off before a Week 11 home matchup against the Bears a week from Sunday, Patterson should have ample time to rest after playing two games in four days following his return from an IR stint due to a knee injury.
Nov 10, 2022 8:55 PM EST
Patterson rushed 13 times for 44 yards and secured his only target for nine yards in the Falcons' 20-17 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
Analysis: Head coach Arthur Smith mostly held true to his word of easing Patterson back into the fold after a four-game stint on IR, but the versatile veteran still paced the Falcons in carries. Patterson scored from one and three yards out in the first and third quarter, respectively, and he could be in line for a larger workload in a Week 10 divisional road matchup against the Panthers on Thursday night.
Nov 6, 2022 2:46 PM EST
Patterson (knee), who was activated from injured reserve Saturday, is expected to be eased back in with a more limited workload than usual in Sunday's game against the Chargers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Patterson missed the minimum four games while on IR after he underwent a left knee cleanup procedure in early October, but the Falcons aren't eager to have him take on his normal workload in his return to action with only three practices under his belt beforehand. Garafolo notes that the fact that the Falcons travel to Carolina for a Thursday night game in Week 10 is a factor in the team's intentions of limiting Patterson, who could find himself part of a three-man backfield committee with Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley. With that in mind, none of the three would appear to be high-percentage fantasy plays for Week 9.
Nov 6, 2022 9:37 AM EST
Patterson (knee) will be activated off injured reserve and is set to play against the Chargers on Sunday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Patterson practiced all week setting the stage for the multi-faceted back to make his return after the minimum four games. The Chargers allow a league-high 5.7 yards per carry through nine games, which should set the stage for the veteran to make a dominant return. Expect the Falcons to still incorporate Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley into the mix somewhat as Patterson averaged about 60 percent of the offensive snaps prior to the Week 4 injury.
Nov 5, 2022 11:30 AM EST
Coach Arthur Smith said the Falcons will wait until Saturday to make a decision on Patterson (knee) returning for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Patterson returned to practice Wednesday and was designated to return from injured reserve. He's apparently avoided setbacks with the knee issue that required a minor procedure in early October, but the Falcons aren't yet ready to commit (as of Friday) to placing him back on the active roster. If that does end up happening, Patterson will take aim at a struggling Chargers defense that's given up a league-worst 5.7 YPC this season.
Nov 4, 2022 9:49 AM EST
The Falcons announced Wednesday that Patterson (knee) is designated for a return to practice, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Arthur Smith said Patterson will practice Wednesday, per Josh Kendall of The Athletic, and the transaction kicks off his 21-day window for evaluation. The starting running back has spent time rehabbing a left knee injury since being placed on IR after Week 4, but pending his participation level in the coming week, Atlanta could opt to activate him for a return to the field as early as Sunday's contest against the Chargers. Tyler Allgeier has lead the Falcons' backfield in Patterson's stead, but the 31-year-old will stand to reclaim the No. 1 role once back to full health.
Nov 2, 2022 8:45 AM EST
Patterson (knee) posted a video Oct. 19 on his personal Twitter account featuring himself running at what appeared to be close to full speed.
Analysis: After being placed on injured reserve following Week 4, Patterson won't be eligible to resume practicing with the Falcons until next week. The Falcons haven't provided an official update on Patterson since he landed on IR after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee, but the 31-year-old's recent activity suggests a return to practice next Wednesday is plausible. Even if that comes to fruition, Patterson would need to demonstrate in those practice sessions that the knee issue is fully behind him before the Falcons would entertain activating him from IR ahead of their Week 9 matchup with the Chargers on Nov. 6. While Patterson remains out for at least one more game, however, the Falcons will likely turn to rookie Tyler Allgeier to headline their backfield this Sunday against the Panthers.
Oct 26, 2022 8:53 AM EST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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