Chicago Bears: 5 notes from 2019 offseason workouts

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 16, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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4. Cordarelle Patterson has his own position

When Cordarelle Patterson was signed, and his skillset was paired with Matt Nagy, the wheels started turning about what exactly they could do together. Is Patterson a wide receiver? Is he a running back? He can do both, and that is why the innovative Nagy gave him his own role.

Patterson is considered a “trojan” in the offense. He can run routes from any spot, carry the ball in the backfield,  and of course be used on jet sweeps and screens.

This should not be surprising,  and it will be fascinating to see how much of this we see in the preseason, and how much is kept secret until the start of the regular season.

With Patterson signed to play this role, it is also fair to consider Kerrith Whyte a backup for the role. He can be used in a lot of similar ways and helps clear up what is a murky crowded backfield. Perhaps we could see Whyte in this role as a guide to how Patterson will be used.