RUMOR: Troy Brown The Guy Mentoring Cordarrelle Patterson

Mike Zimmer said he had a plan for Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, and that plan included a mentor, and now the identity might be known.

Hill, a Patriots writer, is the first to present any concrete reporting on this front after a lot of speculation flew around about whom Zimmer had selected to get “Flash” up to speed. Of course, it should be clearly acknowledged that this is still a rumor, not a fact.

Brown is certainly a guy that makes sense when one tries to draw comparisons to Patterson. He was an incredibly versatile receiver and return man for the Patriots that had to claw his way to the top of the depth chart in the early years. Some might recall that Brown even had to play cornerback for the Patriots one season and played quite well, considering.

Brown retired in 2008, and some can argue that he was the greatest receiver New England has ever had. He is certainly one of the most loved by fans and respected by teammates. This seems like a great chance for Patterson to take his NFL career in the right direction by learning under the wing of one of the best.

At the very least, Brown can show off those three Super Bowl rings as a source of motivation.


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5 years ago

I really hope Brown can get Flash up to speed I don’t want to see all that talent go to waist. Cant wait to see him slicing and dicing through opposing secondarys

5 years ago

As far as I can tell, Troy Brown never played for Norv or Zim. No question he has a ton of knowledge, just seems strange it’s not someone familiar with Norv. He’s been around long enough to make a lot of connections.

Reply to  Rick
5 years ago

He did however play for Bill Parcells, who Zimmer is in constant contact with. My guess is if this is true, Parcells got them in touch.

5 years ago

Brown may be beloved of the Patriots’ fans, but no one could make a REASONABLE argument that he was a better receiver than Stanley Morgan, Irving Fryar, Randy Moss or Wes Welker.