Chicago Bears: These 3 offseason additions will have the greatest impact in 2019

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Chicago Bears, Cordarrelle Patterson
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Cordarrelle Patterson

For a lot of the same reasons as outlined above for Whyte, Cordarrelle Patterson should have a big impact on the Bears this season. The free agent was signed away from the New England Patriots where he played last season.

The former Minnesota Viking had a fine year for the Patriots. While no one specific statistic jumps off the page at you, it was the sum total of all the things he did for them that made him so valuable.

For example, he only had 21 receptions for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, he also rushed for another 228 yards and a touchdown along with his 663 kick return yards. So if you’re keeping score at home, that’s 1,138 all-purpose yards.

Similar to Whyte as well, Patterson is a shiny new toy with which Nagy is going to have fun. Think of the variety of things he can do with a player who can line up anywhere on the field as a receiver, but also as a running back.

Any time he is in the game, a defense has to guard against all of those possibilities. It also gives Nagy the option of deploying him as a diversion or a red-herring — putting him in the game to misdirect the defense and conceal what they are truly doing. When Patterson is on the field you will see “peak-Matt Nagy” and the perpetual chess match he plays while opposing defensive coordinators continue to play checkers.