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The Falcons have seen more than a handful of players leave for other teams since the start of free agency, including wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Powell, who signed with the Buffalo Bills. Atlanta may have found Powell’s replacement, though.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Falcons are hosting veteran returner Cordarrelle Patterson for a visit and the two sides are expected to reach a deal￼￼.
Patterson, a first-round pick in 2013, has played for four NFL teams and spent last season with the Chicago Bears. While he’s never been much of a threat as a true receiver, Patterson has been named to four All-Pro teams and four Pro Bowls for his outstanding kick-return ability.
Over his eight seasons, the former Tennessee speedster has returned 239 kickoffs for 7,118 yards and eight touchdowns. As a receiver, Patterson has 216 catches for 2,087 yards and 10 touchdown receptions.
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