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Watch: Former Vol Cordarrelle Patterson is still making defenders look silly

He might just finally break out with the Patriots.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

There was a time when I thought Cordarrelle Patterson was going to take the NFL by storm. Fresh off his one electrifying season at Tennessee, Patterson bolted for the 2013 NFL Draft. He was taken 29th overall by the Vikings, but things never worked out for him in Minnesota. After spending the 2017 season with the Raiders, Patterson was dealt to the Patriots.

In his sixth season in the league, could Patterson finally be primed to breakout? If last night was any indication, he’s on his way. New England is actually thin at receiver right now, so Patterson has a shot to make some noise early on.

He did that last night, nearly housing this screen play.

Patterson did find the endzone last night, capping off a drive with this simple toss to get him in space.

It’s been frustrating to watch the NFL try to turn him into a traditional receiver so far in his career. He’s an electric difference-maker, but maybe not the most precise route runner. The Patriots seems to have cracked the code here, at least early in the preseason. Just get the dude the ball.

Even Derek Dooley figured that one out.