That kind of day: Velus Jones good, Cordarrelle Patterson great

Falcons kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson (84) outraces Bears’ safety Elijah Hicks (37) to the end zone on his record-setting 103-yard kickoff return touchdown Sunday.

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ATLANTA — Bears rookie Velus Jones always thinks he’s the best player on any football field with the ball in his hands. And for a while in Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Falcons, he was. 

But only for a while. 

Not long after Jones reversed the Falcons’ first-series momentum with a 55-yard kickoff return that set up a Bears touchdown drive — a burst of redemption after being a health scratch the previous two games — Cordarrelle Patterson showed him how it’s done. 

After the Bears had parlayed Jones’ return into 17 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead on Justin Fields’ four-yard touchdown run with 4:31 left in the first half, Patterson took the ensuing kickoff in the end zone, accelerated through a seam in the Bears’ coverage, easily scooted through a Matt Adams a tackle attempt and shook off Elijah Hicks’ last-gasp dive at the 5-yard line for a 103-yard kickoff return. 

It was Patterson’s ninth career kickoff return, breaking a tie with Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington for the NFL record.

“Man, he’s a great returner — most likely a future Hall of Famer,” said Jones, who talked to Patterson after the game and is hoping to eventually snare a game jersey from him. “Watching that guy, he’s dynamic. He’s a playmaker in any phase of the game. He can turn a game around, as you’ve seen. It was just a blessing to talk to him after the game. Hopefully [in the] offseason …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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