THE FIT: Patterson is a relatively low-risk acquisition because of his cap hit (which on the Patriots slots him in between Shea McClellin and Chris Hogan ) and because of the draft capital required to nab him. Trading for a player like Patterson as opposed to signing another team’s free agent has the added benefit of not impacting the compensatory-pick formula.
Patterson also fills a few needs. His abilities as a kick-returner will be more than suitable with last year’s primary kick returner for the Patriots, Dion Lewis, out of the mix. What Patterson can do as a gunner and in kick coverage will also be useful with Johnson Bademosi now elsewhere. There’s also a chance Matthew Slater plays in a different city in 2017, in which case Patterson’s contributions as a gunner and in kick coverage could be critical. With Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman and Hogan all established in the Patriots offense, Patterson won’t be expected to take on a heavy role in the Patriots offense.
However, if he can pick up a new system, perhaps he could take on a role as a No. 4 or 5 wideout who benefits from plays designed to get him touches in space. Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt — now alongside Patterson — will all be competing for time in New England’s offense. Former Patriots coaching assistant Mike Lombardi seems to believe it’s unlikely Patterson contributes offensively.
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