Cordarrelle Patterson reported to Atlanta Falcons training camp with the rest of the team yesterday, and he had interesting things to say about his new quarterback Marcus Mariota.
“Just going back and watching Marcus from the past,” Patterson said to reporters on Tuesday, “he’s a playmaker. He makes plays. He’s a little savage out there.”
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Mariota is heavily favored to win the starting quarterback job, but rookie Desmond Ridder will push Mariota to be Matt Ryan’s replacement.
“Justin seeing him in college (Ridder)… he want it,” said Patterson. “He’s going to go out there and compete each and every day with Marcus. That’s what you want out of your quarterbacks. Make ’em compete and make ’em fight for it.”
Patterson was asked if he had spoken with Ryan since he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts following a botched pursuit of Deshaun Watson.
“He’s good, you gotta ask him,” said Patterson with a laugh. “It’s Matt Ryan… one of the great, Hall of Famers. Of course he’s good. He’s in a good situation right now.”
“He’s a Hall of Famer.. that’s all I can really say.”
Patterson had a breakout year for the Falcons in 2021. He set career highs for rushing and receiving yards in his ninth year in the NFL.
Most publications seem to be sleeping on Patterson. The thought process being that last year was an anomaly, or that the Falcons will be bad enough that Patterson won’t thrive.
Ian Hartitz of Pro Football focus is one national pundit who is higher on Patterson than most.
Patterson admitted he was banged up the second-half of last season. Before injuring his ankle mid-way through the season against the Dallas Cowboys, Patterson was one of the top play makers in the NFL.
The Falcons are hoping Patterson can recapture the magic in 2022. To do so, he’ll need Mariota to be “a little savage” as he takes over the reigns for Ryan.