Has the stock of Cordarrelle Patterson gone up or down for the Chicago Bears?
The 2019 season was disappointing for Cordarelle Patterson. To be fair, it was less about Patterson and his play, and more about usage with Matt Nagy. The Chicago Bears have a versatile weapon with Patterson.
However, Nagy struggled to differentiate between using Patterson as a runner, and receiver. So, the question heading into the offseason is whether or not he will be used in a better manner or not.
This takes reading between the lines, but it appears his role may be more defined. The fact that the Bears have a thin depth chart at running back, and multiple depth options at receiver, shows that Patterson is likely to be viewed as a running back.
With Tarik Cohen, Nagy has the small and shifty receiving back and with Patterson, he has the big power runner who can move downhill in a hurry.
If Nagy can pull the right strings and mix and match the two well, the Bears could have the versatile and dominant offense that Bears fans expected from an offensive coach such as Nagy.
Patterson being in a more defined role would be a sign that Nagy understands what he has in him and could be a sign of his stock rising.
Beyond that, Patterson is a special teams ace. Patterson has been efficient not only as a returner but as a gunner as well. He is clearly looked at as a valued asset on the Bears offense. It may be slight, but his stock and rising more than falling.