Former Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is switching coasts. He was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the New England Patriots in mid-March in a swap that only included a few late-round draft picks.
He’s hoping to prove he’s worth a lot more than that in New England. Selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Patterson was a pro-bowler in 2013 and 2016.
“It was awesome,” Patterson told the NFL Network Wednesday. “I was just in the living room talking to my daughter. She really can’t understand right now she’s only five weeks. I got a call from my agent like ‘you getting traded to the Patriots.’ I was like ‘stop lying’ and he’s like ‘Nah I’m serious’ and I was like ‘Okay, let’s go’ so I was excited.”
What was the first thing Bill Belichick told @ceeflashpee84 as a new Patriot?
"We're going to make you the player that you should be."
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 11, 2018
He spent last season with the Raiders when he caught 31 passes for 309 yards. A proven quarterback may help Patterson put up better numbers moving forward.
“I don’t know what you’ve been through in the past, but basically we get the job done here,” he said Bill Belichick told him. “We’re going to make you the player that you should be.”
It’s also clear he hasn’t lost the confidence which helped him become a first round pick out of Tennessee.
“Just put me on the field, the rest will take care of itself,” he reportedly told Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.