Raiders sign former Vikings WR Patterson

A short time after lobbying for a return to Minnesota on his Snapchat page, two-time Pro Bowl receiver and return man Cordarrelle Patterson made a decision to sign with the Oakland Raiders.

When free agency began, it was assumed that WR Cordarrelle Patterson was going to leave.

Of course, if Oakland's receivers continue having trouble holding on to the ball, as they have for the last couple of seasons, it's possible that Patterson - should they sign him - could see a couple more targets coming his way.

Patterson caught 52 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns in 2016, the best year he's had since his 2013 rookie season. Both were targeted more than 130 times by Derek Carr a year ago with the next highest wide receiver, Seth Roberts, seeing 77 passes. While he is beginning to be known as a nice receiver, Patterson has always been known as a force to be reckoned with in the kick return game.

Cordarrelle Patterson's skills as a kick returner are unquestioned after four seasons in the National Football League with two first-team All-Pro selections, the second highest-return average since World War II, and five momentum-changing touchdowns.

But Patterson's biggest impact came in the kick return game, where he returned 25 kicks for 792 yards - an average of 31.7 yards per return (his third season averaging over 30 yards a return). The last guy to do it was Jacoby Ford in 2011, returning a kick 101 yards for the score. Trust me I want to. "Those things I need to work on, they're going to help me improve on that".

"So, a guy like that, I appreciate taking time out of his day to send me a text when he didn't have to", Patterson said. I haven't even been to sleep since I left Oakland and got back home.

"Man, since I joined the team, it seemed like 30 seconds and like my phone was blowing up on Twitter and Instagram with all the Raiders fans, 'Glad to have you, ' 'Welcome to the black side, ' and everything".

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