The Atlanta Falcons should expect to see a decline in production for their lead running back, Cordarrelle Patterson
The Atlanta Falcons were thrilled when they found out what they had in Cordarrelle Patterson last season. They initially signed him to be an elite special teamer but quickly found out he could be an elite playmaker on offense for the first time in his career.
No one knew how to use him exactly until Arthur Smith got ahold of him and thank goodness for that, because if they didn’t have him last year, who knows how bad the offense would have been.
But now in 2022, we are at a point where his role in the offense isn’t quite as important. Last season the Falcons had Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts who they could rely on, at least until Russell Gage started showing up consistently later in the season.
This year, the offense has added Drake London, Bryan Edwards, better overall depth at wide receiver as a whole, and even Tyler Allgeier. The stats will be more evenly distributed than they were last season.
Yes, without a doubt Cordarrelle Patterson will get his touches as a runner and receiver but do not expect him to be quite as essential with all of the new additions. Throw in the fact that he doesn’t have a track record of sustained success and is in his 30s. We cannot expect his stats to reach the level they were last season.
The Falcons signed him to a cheap deal and he will still be a great player, so there is nothing to be worried about here unless he is on your fantasy team, even then, he should still do wonders for your team.