Bears news: Cordarrelle Patterson is excited about fit with Matt Nagy
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Bears’ Cordarrelle Patterson is excited about fit with Matt Nagy

Cordarrelle Patterson has never quite lived up to the hype surrounding his promising NFL debut. Just because he’s struggled to develop as a receiver, though, hardly means the playmaking veteran has been unable to carve himself a niche in the league as one of football’s most dangerous players with the ball in his hands.

Now playing for the Chicago Bears, Patterson seems confident his new team’s innovative offensive scheme will lead to one of the biggest seasons of his career. Discussing the egalitarian offensive approach by Bears head coach Matt Nagy, Patterson said it was a “no-brainer” to sign with Chicago in free agency.

“If you really pay attention to football and see the things that Coach Nagy did in the past — coming to the Bears was a no-brainer,” he told ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson. “I just want to come in and showcase my talent, and Coach Nagy, there are a lot of different things he can do on the football field to help players like me out. He tries to get the ball to everyone on the field, not just one person. As a guy coming into a new system, that’s what you want from your head coach. You want a guy that’s going to spread the ball around and get it to everybody.”

Patterson signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Bears in March. He spent last season with the New England Patriots, playing sparingly on offense but earning Second Team All-Pro honors as a kick returner.

The Bears went 12-4 last season, Nagy’s first as a head coach.