WR: Cordarrelle Patterson
This is under the assumption that Mike Williams does return next season, which I believe is pretty likely. He’ll play under the fifth-year option. That kind of eliminates the Chargers from going out and getting a top dollar receiver like Allen Robinson or A.J Green. It just wouldn’t really make sense financially or practically on top of Mike Williams’ option.
What the Chargers could do at receiver is find themselves a good utility guy. Cordarrelle Patterson would be an interesting fit. Patterson actually has a connection to new head coach Brandon Staley. Both were at Hutchinson Community College in 2010-11 and Staley is credited with assisting in his development as the assistant coach.
That’s obviously a little bit of a reach in terms of connection, but Staley is very familiar with Patterson’s skillset heading into this free agency period. Patterson has explosive speed, can be used on returns, and lines up at a multitude of spots on the field.
Special Teams! Patterson has been an All-Pro kick returner in the last two seasons and four out of the last eight. If the Chargers could consistently get quality starting field position, it could really unlock the offense.
As a receiver and a runner, Patterson’s production isn’t shabby either. When he was in New England, Patterson put up nearly 500 combined yards and four combined touchdowns. That’s solid production for him. Then he was signed to a team with a totally inept offensive philosophy in Chicago.
No, Patterson isn’t the big sexy name that fixes the receiving group. But he’s a very affordable option that provides instant special teams value while also being versatile in offensive usage.