The 2017 NFL season has been interesting so far to say the least, with several teams struggling coming out of the gate. Fortunately for the Oakland Raiders, they have started the new season strong, opening up 2-0 with their wins coming against the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets.
Derek Carr has quickly picked up where he left off last season, throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions through the team’s first two contests, while Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are shaping up to be the league’s best wide receiver tandem.
However, new receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has impressed in his first two games with the Raiders and according to Ron Kroichick of SFGate, he believes he can make an impact anywhere he lines up:
I’m a playmaker, man,” he said Tuesday. “I just like getting the ball in my hands. No matter where I am on the field, I want to make a play.”
Patterson also described the feeling he gets in the middle of a big play:
When I get in the open field and know I’m going to score, everything goes quiet,” he said. “I don’t even hear anybody breathing. It’s like everything goes blank and I’m out there by myself.”
Carr has already dubbed Patterson the team’s “secret weapon” and it is no wonder why after the former Minnesota Viking showed off his versatility against the jets. Patterson returned punts, ran the ball, and also resumed his normal role as a receiver.
With so many options on the offensive end, Oakland will have no trouble scoring every week. Their explosive offense looks good heading into a Week 3 matchup against the Washington Redskins.