Cordarrelle Patterson is a Falcons fan favorite; and for good reason. When Atlanta drafted Bijan Robinson, media pundits began questioning his future with the team. I thought the notion the Falcons would cut him was always ridiculous; the money they would have saved is irrelevant to what he brings to the team. Off the field, he’s always recruiting guys to join him in Atlanta and is truly proud to be a Falcon. On the field, he’s a versatile chess piece that can do just about everything. His new position reinforces that:
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) September 5, 2023
Now, you may be wondering what “J” means, and I was a bit confused myself, but Patterson cleared that up:
— cordarrelle patterson (@ceeflashpee84) September 5, 2023
It’s clear he’s playing a hybrid “Joker” position and is still listed as a starter on offense, which Arthur Smith confirmed.
#Falcons HC Arthur Smith said Cordarrelle Patterson – as a “joker” or “J-back” – will float from room to room for game prep, even meeting with OL coach Dwayne Ledford and Arthur Smith himself for film and game planning sessions.
— Joe Patrick (@japatrick200) September 6, 2023
I’ve heard of a Joker on defense (typically a pass rusher in a 3-4 defense), but I guess when you’re an NFL head coach you can make up whatever positions you want. Regardless, I’m glad to see that CP84 is not taking a backseat in this offense, even with Bijan Robinson in the mix. Patterson will be critical to the Falcons success in 2023.
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