Last year he was sixth in the NFL with a 28.3 yards per return average.

The Patriots have made a trade with the Raiders to acquire receiver and special teamer Cordarrelle Patterson, according to a source. The deal, first reported by Pardon My Take, is an interesting one because it lands Patterson with the team that passed on the opportunity to draft him back in 2013. MORE PATRIOTS How the compensatory pick formula may impact Patriots free-agent calls Bill Belichick dealt the No. 29 overall pick to the Vikings that year in exchange for four selections, including a second-rounder and a third-rounder.

The second-rounder became Jamie Collins, and the third became Logan Ryan. The Patriots also took Josh Boyce with a fourth they received in the trade, and the fourth pick (a seventh) was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for LeGarrette Blount.

Patterson has also become a highly-effective gunner on punt units, a role he thrived in once he embraced it, and he has kick coverage experience. Patterson has not been a punt-returner. He has just one punt return under his belt compared to 153 kick returns. Patterson has been named a First-Team All-Pro twice for his work in the kicking game. INCONSISTENT RECEIVER: Patterson has never been able to take his explosiveness and translate that into consistent production offensively. He’s not thought of as a precise route-runner, and he has a reputation as a “body-catcher.”

Ballard didn’t exactly fleece the New York Jets, not if the player the Jets take with the third overall pick becomes a franchise NFL quarterback. What’s a franchise quarterback worth in today’s NFL To the Jets, it’s worth three juicy picks in the 2018 NFL draft — No. 6, No. 37 and No. 49 — plus a second-rounder in 2019.

The story here is not that Ballard worked the Jets. The story is that Ballard worked the system. If the Jets won their end of the trade, so be it, but the Colts absolutely won theirs. They swapped picks, moving down just a tiny amount from No. 3 to No. 6, and in the process added three premium picks

Colts win. Today they win, anyway, and today is all we have.
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