Steelers add former Falcons WR/RB/KR Cordarrelle Patterson

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added their third offensive skill-position player of the offseason. First, the team added wide receiver Van Jefferson, then wide receiver Quez Watkins, and now they have signed running back/wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson started his NFL career primarily as a wide receiver and return man with the Minnesota Vikings, and his all-around skill set has allowed him to establish himself as a true three-tool player.

Over the course of his 11-year career, Patterson has 298 receptions for 2,795 yards; 514 carries for 2,511 yards; and 273 kickoff returns for nine touchdowns and an average of 29.3 yards per return.

New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith knows Patterson well from his time as the Falcons head coach and understands how he can impact the offense.

Patterson’s real value will be as a kickoff returner. The new kickoff rules will seriously benefit teams with guys like Patterson who can make people miss in the open field. It is early, but we expect a big season from Patterson on special teams and possibly a return to the offensive lineup as a receiver.

Story originally appeared on Steelers Wire