Cordarrelle Patterson is a man without a true position for the Bears in 2020, but it doesn't mean he won't be one of the most important players on the team this year.
His semi-position switch to running back has been the main talking point this summer. If David Montgomery's groin injury sidelines him for Week 1's opener against the Lions, it could be Patterson who shoulders the load in the Bears' backfield on Sept. 13.
Is he really capable of being that guy? He's doing his best to be ready.
"Every run don't have to be an outside run," Patterson said Monday during a Zoom call with reporters. "Sometimes if the hole is in the middle, you just got to trust it, trusting those big five guys up front."
Patterson is a kick returner and pass-catcher by trade. Guys like him are used to hitting full speed as quickly as possible in an effort to flip the field. But being a running back requires more patience, and that's something that will take time for Patterson to adjust to.
He's also adapting to the increased responsibilities that come with the position.
"I feel like youre like a backup quarterback out there," Patterson said of playing running back. "You've got to know Mike, Sam and Will (linebackers). You've got to know what front. You've got to know so much at the running back position. But at the end of the day, I just want to be on the football field, whatever I can do, Im going to go out there and do it."
It's the 'whatever I can do' approach that best describes what Patterson's role will be in 2020. He's a wherever, whenever guy this year.
"I'm a full-time whatever coach needs me to be," he said. "Any time I'm out there on the field, I'm full-time whatever."