With the Chicago Bears — and the entire NFL for that matter — holding all of training camp sans fans this year, plus with the usual way the Bears limit what the media is allowed to report on, the revelation that Cordarrelle Patterson has been spending his time in the running backs room this offseason was surprising.
“Josh McDaniels with the Patriots (in 2018) really provided the blueprint that Matt Nagy and the Bears are going to follow this year,” in regards to Patterson’s 2020 usage, this according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo earlier today on Inside Training Camp Live.
“Patterson’s been in meetings with the running backs, not with the wide receivers,” Garafolo reported, which is good news for a Bears team that could use some more play-making ability on offense.
“He’s in with the running backs to learn everything about the position, the protections and everything, so when he’s lined up back there you don’t necessarily know if he’s going to get the football.”
The 6’2”, 238 pound Patterson is a threat to score whenever he touches the ball, which is something the three time All-Pro has proven as one of the best kick returners in the history of the league.
Earlier this week I wrote up why I thought it would be wise to get Patterson more involved in the offense, and while I’m not advocating for him to be the team’s number one running back, he’s certainly deserving of more than the 28 offensive touches he had a year ago.
You can check out the full snippet from Garafolo in the Tweet below.
From Inside Training Camp Live on the day our new @vineyardvines @nflnetwork camp polos arrived: In addition to Eddie Jackson at WR, Cordarrelle Patterson in RB meetings has it sounding like Matt Nagy's #Bears offense could be extremely versatile this year. pic.twitter.com/yaDp1AVqqT— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 14, 2020