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Cordarrelle Patterson is back to the wide receiver role for the Chicago Bears

When the official 53-man roster came out over the weekend, the big talk was seeing Cordarrelle Patterson listed as a running back. Although a team does not need to keep a certain amount of each position, it was something people were excited about.

Patterson was working with the running back group throughout training camp and although he would not be a workhorse, many liked the idea of him seeing more scripted plays and touches that are hopefully not just end-arounds to the short side of the field. Especially on third down and short.

When we saw Patterson listed with the running backs, I do not think anyone expected him to never line up as a wide receiver. How often does Tarik Cohen play in the backfield opposed to lined up on in the slot? Both are gadget-type players who bring great versatility to the offense.

Another nuance of Patterson being listed as a running back meant that the team would be keeping an extra wide receiver. Most (including myself) thought Javon Wims could be on the roster bubble but the shift of Patterson to running back allowed Wims to stay. Looks like that is not the case. Either way, this will shake things up for the Lions who will need to gameplan for Patterson in both positions. Not really anything new since he has done it before, but just Matt Nagy being Nagy.