Falcons: Cordarrelle Patterson is one of the most underrated players in the league

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Admiration by your peers might be the most gratifying feeling an NFL player can achieve. The Athletic used the gathering of the league’s best for a Pro Bowl Confidential, which asked players to fill out an anonymous survey to get their views on a variety of matters.

The outlet asked about who the Pro Bowlers thought should be the NFL’s offensive MVP, defensive MVP, most underrated offensive player, most underrated defensive player and more. And a Falcon made an appearance — Cordarrelle Patterson — for most underrated offensive player.

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Falcons: Always a dangerous returner, Patterson was used more by the Falcons on offense than in any of his first eight NFL seasons. He had career highs in rushing yards (618) and receptions (52), and his 11 touchdowns were more than he’d totaled on offense in the past six seasons combined.

Patterson was one of several players to receive at least one vote, while Hunter Renfrow received the most votes with three. Patterson joins Mark AndrewsBen Bartch, Tyler BoydMike Evans, Will HernandezTee Higgins, Elgton Jenkins, Aaron Jones, James Robinson, and Amon-Ra St. Brown as players who received one vote.

The Falcons re-signed Patterson to a very palatable two-year deal worth $10.5 million. He’s vital to Arthur Smith’s offense and gives Atlanta a versatile chess piece. Outside of Kyle Pitts, he was the only consistent weapon last season. Patterson set career highs in receiving, rushing, and total touchdowns — 618 rushing yards (4.0 YPC), six rushing touchdowns, 548 receiving yards (10.5 YPR) and five receiving touchdowns. He is a fan favorite, and the Falcons got him back on a very reasonable deal.

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Photographer: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

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