Cordarrelle Patterson signs with the Oakland Raiders

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Patterson had gone on Snapchat on Saturday and wrote he wanted to return to the Vikings.

The Oakland Raiders just got faster overnight.

Patterson will be an instant upgrade over promising young running back Jalen Richard, who handled a majority of Oakland's kick and punt returns a year ago but will he find some field time next to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper? "Trust me I want to", Patterson had written. "You're 9 yards deep in the end zone and you have those 10 guys in front of you who are going to block and give you their all for you".

"When I scored that touchdown, they were giving me a lot of crap", Patterson recalled.

Patterson showed off against the Raiders in a November 15, 2015 game at Oakland, returning a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. And while he has yet to find his footing on offense, he's excelled on special teams.

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Patterson is listed at WR, but has never really shown the ability to be great at the position and take over games.

So now that Patterson is in Las Vega.... we mean Oakland, will Patterson develop into a top receiver?

Patterson, 25, flourished early in his Vikings career but flailed in offensive coordinator Norv Turner's system for two seasons before rebounding in 2016 as Minnesota employed a short passing game to make quarterback Sam Bradford comfortable behind a leaky offensive line. As is always the case when a player joins the Raiders, the fans have put out a welcoming party like none other.

"I remember it like it was yesterday", said Patterson. Raider Nation, baby. So, like I said, I'm excited man.

"I'm Blessed to be a part of them now". "My whole family is excited and I'm just ready to start a new journey". The Raiders used to have Taiwan Jones or Jalen Richard returning kicks for them, and both have been very serviceable in their duties there.

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