The Raiders’ new weapon is making opponents pick their poison. To kick to him or not to kick to him. That is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to risk him breaking off a big return or just live with the field position.
Technically, Cordarrelle Patterson hasn’t broken for a kick return touchdown this season, but he still owns the mark for the most kickoff return touchdowns among active players and he leads the league in kick return average (29.0 ypr) among players with at least 12 returns.
Overall, Patterson has just 14 kick returns this season. Mainly because teams will go out of their way to kick it out of his way. In the past three games, he’s only had one kick return, with teams either opting to kick it out the back of the end zone or kicking short to the up man.

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