Cordarrelle Patterson Ready For Whatever Bears Have Planned

August 21, 2019 - 4:02 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears coach Matt Nagy once described himself as like a kid in the candy shop after the team signed versatile veteran Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason. 

In Patterson, the Bears added a talented piece to Nagy's puzzle who can line up out wide, in the slot or at running back -- and he's sure to be a key figure in the kickoff return game too. Patterson's reputation preceded him to Halas Hall, but he doesn't believe his previous accomplishments in a six-year NFL career mean anything now.

"It's time to work," Patterson said. "There isn't s--- given to you in this league. It's always taken from you. The NFL, it's not for long. Every chance I get, opportunity I get to showcase myself each and every day, I just come out to work.

"Whatever happened in the past happened in the past. I'm with the Chicago Bears now, 2019 season, and we're all just chasing a Super Bowl."

The 28-year-old Patterson signed a two-year deal with the Bears this past March with the goal of making Nagy's offense more dynamic. Patterson joins Tarik Cohen, Trey Burton and several other players whom Nagy calls "adjusters" in the offense for the way they move around.

Nagy admitted he probably gave Cohen "a little bit too much" to digest in 2018, which caused a drain in his performance at times. The presence of Patterson should allow Nagy to add more to the playbook without wearing Cohen down.

"We have some plans for him with what we want to do," Nagy said. "I’m proud of Cordarrelle and the fact of what he’s done coming into this camp, digesting this playbook and seeing what we do as a complete player, whether that’s a wide receiver or in the backfield. He’s grown and done everything we've asked.

"When you have good adjusters, guys that can move around and are good football players, then I become a better coach because then you have good plays. But it's a credit to those guys of being able to move around."

What all will Patterson bring to the Bears? Nagy hasn't tipped his hand just yet, and clarity probably won't come until the Bears host the Packers in their season opener on Sept. 5.

Patterson caught 21 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 42 times for 228 yards and a score for the Super Bowl champion Patriots in 2018. He also averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return and took one back for a touchdown -- against the Bears in October.

Before the Patriots won the championship, the Bears saw their campaign end in a heartbreaking wild-card round loss to the Eagles in early January. Now, Patterson is working with a team eager to win a championship of its own.

"If you're not hungry from what happened last year or in this NFL if you're not hungry to win, I don't know why you're playing this game," Patterson said. "I feel like everybody's hungry. Not just this team, the coaches, the staff, the trainers. Everybody in the whole organization, everybody is hungry to win, hungry to bring a Super Bowl to the Chicago Bears.

"I don't set any goals. None of that. I mean, you could say you want 1,000 yards receiving. You get 1,500 receiving yards, your team doesn't win s---. What's the point of you getting 1,500 yards? As long as my team wins, I don't care a f--- if I score no touchdowns. As long as we win that Super Bowl, I'm happy.

"There's no limits to what I can do because I want to do everything on the field. I just want to help my team win. No matter if they want me to go out there and onside a kick or something, want me to snap the ball and take a knee in victory mode. Whatever I got to do to help my team win, I'm all down for it."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.