Following career-best performance, Cordarrelle Patterson rewarded with NFL honor

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The case of Cordarrelle Patterson is a strange one. For most of his career, the All-Pro return man has been a special teams ace, consistently affecting games in the third phase of the game. Only recently did he assume an offensive role. With the Falcons, he’s become one of the league’s best running backs. And for the first time in his career, following a career-best performance against Seattle, Patterson was rewarded with Player of the Week honors. 

The 31-year-old has received Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors before, but those came for his prowess on special teams. This is the first time he’s ever garnered an Offensive Player of the Week accolade. And it couldn’t have been for a more deserving performance. In the team’s first win of the season, Patterson ran for a career-high 141 yards on 17 carries, averaging an eye-popping 8.3 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown. A 6′2″, 225-pound runner on the wrong side of 30 making plays like this is jarring:

Cordarrelle Patterson is coming off a career-year last season in which he set highs in receiving, rushing, and total touchdowns. After re-signing with the Falcons on a two-year deal worth $10.5 million this offseason, the success has continued this season. Through Week 3, Patterson has totaled over 300 yards on the ground, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, which puts him on pace to eclipse 1,700 yards — a mark that hasn’t been reached by a Falcons player since Michael Turner in 2008.
Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire
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