New Kickoff Rules Set the Stage for Cordarrelle Patterson’s Success with the Steelers

Report: Steelers set to sign Cordarrelle Patterson

The Steelers have just signed kick returner and offensive weapon Cordarrelle Patterson to a two-year, $6 million deal. This move is significant as the NFL has recently introduced new kickoff rules that could increase the number of returns in the future, making Patterson’s skills even more valuable.

Patterson, a first-round pick in 2013, has had stints with several teams including the Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Bears, and Falcons. He holds the all-time record for kickoff returns for a touchdown with nine career returns. Patterson’s skills as a special teams player are well known but he has also proven himself as an offensive asset during his time with the Falcons in 2021 where he amassed 1,166 yards from scrimmage.

The Steelers likely see Patterson as a key addition to their team due to his abilities as a kickoff returner. If he can exploit the new kickoff rules to break through coverage players and make long gains, Pittsburgh’s opponents may soon be forced to kick the ball through the end zone giving the Steelers advantageous starting field position. This signing demonstrates the Steelers commitment to strengthening their team and pursuing success in the upcoming season.

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