In addition to returning kickoffs, Patterson is also a gunner on the kicking team. Yes, that's Slater's specialty and why people are hinting that he might be gone.
Do you know who else is a terrific gunner for the Patriots? Jonathan Jones. As a second year player, Jones had a big hand on both special teams and defense this past season. During the regular season Jones recorded 44 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 sack from his defensive back position. With his role on defense being expanded, Jones is likely going to have his special teams role lessened or eliminated.
Patterson has had his most offensive success playing under Bill Musgrave. Musgrave is an innovative play caller who loves versatile players and lining players up in odd formations. He also likes to get the ball into his receivers hands quickly. With that being the type of offense Cordarrelle has thrived in, he may become a part of McDaniels' offensive plans.