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PRO CAREER: A two-time Pro Bowl returner has appeared in 95 games (30 starts) through six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2013-16), Oakland Raiders (2017) and New England Patriots (2018), tallying 1,872 receiving yards on 184 receptions (10.2 avg.) and 682 rushing yards on 86 attempts (7.9 avg.) ... as a return man, Patterson owns 5,276 kick return yards on 176 attempts (30.0 avg.) and has returned one punt for nine yards ... having twice led the NFL in kick return touchdowns both as a rookie in 2013 (2) and once more in 2015 (2), Patterson also has the most overall kickoff returns for touchdowns in the NFL since entering the league in 2013 (6) ... led the NFL in kick return average on three occasions: 2013 (32.4), 2015 (31.8) and once more in 2016 (31.7) ... he and former Bears running back Gale Sayers are the only two return specialists in NFL history with a kick return average at or above 30.0.
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2013: Pro Bowl Selection, PFWA All-NFL team, PFWA All-Rookie Team, All-Pro selection. 2015: PFWA All-NFL team. 2016: Pro Bowl Selection, PFWA All-NFL team, All-Pro selection.
2018 SEASON: Appeared in 15 games, making six starts for the Super Bowl Champion Patriots. He tallied 247 receiving yards on 21 grabs (11.8 avg.) with three touchdowns while rushing for single-season career-best figures in both yards (228) and carries (42) while adding an additional score on the ground. In the return game, Patterson logged the league's third-highest kick return average at 28.8 yards per return with 663 yards on 23 attempts with one touchdown.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2017: Played all 16 regular-season games with two starts and totaled 31 receptions for 309 yards and 13
rushing attempts for 121 yards and two touchdowns on offense and returned 19 kickoffs for 538 yards 2016: Selected to his second-career Pro Bowl as a kick returner and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team for the second time and the PFWA All NFL Team for the third time... played all 16 regular-season games with eight starts and caught a career-high 52 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns and rushed seven times for 43 yards on offense while returning 25 kickoffs for 792 yards
and a touchdown and one punt for 9 yards on special teams... tallied four special teams tackles... led the NFL in kickoff return average (31.7) for an NFL-record tying third time... totaled season highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (67) and scored a touchdown at Philadelphia (10/23)... caught four passes for 53 yards and returned one kickoff for a 104-yard touchdown at Arizona (11/20). 2015: Named to the PFWA All-NFL Team for the second time as a kick returner... played in all 16 regular-season games with one start and caught two passes for 10 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards on offense and returned 32 kickoffs for
1,019 yards and two touchdowns on special teams... led the NFL for the second time in his career with a 31.8 kickoff return average. 2014: Played in all 16 games with seven starts and posted 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown and added 10 rushes for 117 yards and one touchdown on offense... returned 34 kickoffs for 871 yards... set the NFL record for most rushing yards by a wide receiver in a single game with 102 yards on three carries at St. Louis, including a 67-yard touchdown, the longest rushing touchdown by a wide receiver in Vikings history... caught three passes for 26 yards and returned two kickoffs for 48 yards. 2013: Selected to his first career Pro Bowl as a kick returner and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First
Team. Was also named to the PFWA All-NFL Team and All-Rookie Team... earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for
September in his first month as a pro after returning 12 kickoffs for 406 yards and a touchdown... averaged 33.8 yards per kickoff return... named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for December for posting 16 receptions for 219 yards and three touchdowns and totaling 10 rushing attempts for 156 yards and three more scores... played in all 16 games with six starts and finished
with 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns and 12 rushing attempts for 158 yards and three touchdowns... returned 43 kickoffs for a team record 1,393 yards and two touchdowns
COLLEGE: Played one season at Tennessee after transferring from Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, earning All-SEC honors in 2012. H Tabbed as All-SEC First Team by Associated Press as an All-Purpose Player and earned All-SEC First
Team All-Purpose Player by conference coaches and Return Specialist Second Team by the coaches... started all 12 games and set a school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards.. became the first player to score a touchdown four different ways in a season since 2008 (receiving, rushing, punt return, kickoff return).
PERSONAL: Attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and helped lead team to the Class 4A Division II state title game as a senior in 2008... named all-state as a senior... majored in communications at Tennessee