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Arthur Smith shares update on Falcons’ key player Cordarrelle Patterson

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The Atlanta Falcons are just a sleep away from playing the New England Patriots for a Thursday night football showdown, and the status of their most valuable player, Cordarrelle Patterson, is still up in the air.

In fact, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith spoke to the media on Wednesday November 17th, saying Patterson will be a “game time” decision with his ankle injury.

“It’s a short week. It’s not like it was any kind of Junction Boys-style training, but he did participate, ”said Smith of ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. “We’ll make the best decision tomorrow, probably before the game. We’ll bring that to the very top. “

The Falcons dual-threat running back picked up the injury in their 43-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

His absence would be a huge loss to the Falcons’ weak offensive as Patterson currently leads the team in rushing yards (473), receiving touchdowns (5) and total touchdowns (7).

Despite being listed as restricted in the injury report, Patterson trained for the full week leading up to Thursday’s matchup.

As for Smith, he’s not worried about what the verdict might be tomorrow.

“Whatever the circumstances, we’re in the solutions business,” said Smith. “That’s what they’re paying me for. They pay me to coach and try to solve problems and that’s my job every day.

“I don’t worry about things that you can’t control.”

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The Falcons don’t have another RB / WR on the roster to double both Patterson and so they will have to turn to Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman in the running game and use whatever receivers they have in the passing game.

The Falcons signed Gallman back in September to bring more veteran experience to the Falcons’ backcourt. The 27-year-old is used to being the next man as he had to do it for the New York Giants in the 2020 season after they lost Saquon Barkley to a cruciate ligament rupture. He ended the year with a career high of 682 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns at 4.6 yards per carry as the Giants leadback. In four NFL seasons, the former four-round pick has made 338 career carries and 80 receptions.

When he went free agent at the end of last season, the San Francisco 49ers picked him up for the off-season, but he didn’t make the final roster and ended up in Atlanta.

With rookie tight end Kyle Pitts going to be the primary target for New England defense, Matt Ryan will stick with using a receiving team that consists of Tajae Sharpe, Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus.

Below is the depth chart of the Falcons in week 11 versus the New England Patriots:


QB: Matt Ryan, Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks
RB: Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Wayne Gallman
WR: Tajae Sharpe, Christian Blake
WR: Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Frank Darby
TE: Kyle Pitts, Lee Smith
TE: Hayden Hurst, Keith Smith
LT: Jake Matthews, Jason Spriggs
LG: Jalen Mayfield, Josh Andrews
C: Matt Hennessy, Drew Dalman
RG: Chris Lindstrom, Drew Dalman
RT: Kaleb McGary, Jason Spriggs, Colby Gossett


DL: Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson
DL: Tyeler Davison, Ta’Quon Graham, Anthony Rush
DL: Jonathan Bullard, Mike Pennel, John Cominsky
OLB: Dante Fowler, Brandon Copeland
LB: Deion Jones, Mykal Walker
LB: Foyesade Oluokun, Daren Bates
OLB: Adetokunbo Ogundeji, James Vaughters
CB: AJ Terrell, Darren Hall, Chris Williamson
CB: Fabian Moreau, Avery Williams, Kendall Sheffield
S: Erik Harris, Jaylinn Hawkins
S: Duron Harmon, Richie Grant

Special teams

K: Younghoe Koo
P: Dustin Colquitt
LS: Josh Harris
H: Dustin Colquitt
PR: Avery Williams, Olamide Zaccheaus
COR: Cordarrelle Patterson


Below is the depth chart of the Falcons in week 11 versus the New England Patriots:

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