We have our first reports of the Raiders actually hosting an outside free agent. Following a visit to dysfunction junction Washington, free agent wide receiver and kick returner, Cordarrelle Patterson is now headed to Oakland to meet with the Raiders.
#Vikings WR/returner Cordarrelle Patterson, who just visited the #Redskins, is off to visit with the #Raiders, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2017
Patterson was a first round pick by the Vikings in the 2013 draft out of Reggie McKenzie’s alma mater, Tennessee. While he has never lived up to his billing as a wide receiver, he was named All Pro as a rookie and last season as a return specialist, averaging an impressive career 30.4 yards per kick return with a total of 5 return touchdowns.
In three of his four seasons, he has returned a kick over 100 yards for a touchdown.
Last season the Raiders used Jalen Richard as both a punt and kick returner, though they’d prefer to use him as solely a punt returner. Patterson’s kick return abilities would allow them to do that, while also potentially adding something to the passing game. He caught 52 passes last season for 453 yards and two touchdowns.