The Oakland Raiders made their first semi-major splash of free agency Monday night, signing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
A first-round pick out of Tennessee back in 2013, Patterson is coming off his best all-around performance. Tremendous on special teams, he played a big role in Minnesota's offense under quarterback Sam Bradford.
En route to earning a Pro Bowl spot, Paterson recorded 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a solid 74 percent of the passes thrown in his direction. Adding to his solid all-around play, Patterson put up 792 kick return yards, including a 104-yard touchdown.
It remains to be seen exactly what role Patterson will have on an elite-level Raiders offense. He comes in already behind Amari Cooper nod Michael Crabtree in the pecking order. Though, it wouldn't be a surprise if he earned the No. 3 receiver spot ahead of Seth Roberts, who caught less than 50 percent of the passes thrown in his direction.
Considering Derek Carr posted a tremendous 64 percent completion mark, that was the one minor hole on an other tremendous offense.
The expectation here has to be that Patterson will improve offf last year's numbers. He has a much more talented quarterback tossing him the rock with two receivers that were better than any pass catcher that stepped on the field for the Vikings during his four-year tenure in Minnesota.
Remember, Carr averaged a full 1.2 yards more per completion than Bradford last season. That's definitely a sign that Patterson's numbers will improve here.
At this point, the two-time Pro Bowler isn't a rosterable option in 12-team leagues. But he's most definitely someone to keep an eye on when it comes to the early-season waiver wire. He couldn't have found a better fit for his talents than Oakland.