Cordarrelle Patterson presents Matt Nagy with real jet sweep ability

Gene Chamberlain

One particularly well-researched Pro Football Focus article on the jet sweep could shed light on part of the role Bears coach Matt Nagy envisions for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

PFF determined Patterson led the NFL in average yards per carry on jet sweeps with New England last year.

Patterson had 13 jet sweeps and averaged 8.2 yards a carry on them.

Nagy already has revealed this fact has come to his attention.

"You see what he did in New England with the jet sweeps, the arounds, the screens, and I think that that's a good fit for him," Nagy told reporters earlier this offseason.

The Bears have enjoyed some limited success with the jet sweep, but had no one with the size, speed and skill at running it that they have now with Patterson. He has run the ball in his career with the Patriots, Raiders and Vikings 86 times and averaged 7.9 yards a rush.

Anthony Miller showed some promise running them but a shoulder injury which eventually led to offseason surgery prevented too many rushes. Tarik Cohen was the best they had at this and should have been as a running back who lined up in the slot or outside and then went in motion.

The jet sweep is basically an end around except the player going in motion from the outside arrives going full speed and it's timed up for the handoff or fake exactly at the snap. An end around can have motion, but doesn't have the handoff timed up to the snap and can frequently be run much deeper than a jet sweep.

PFF said the Bears were among nine of the 12 playoff teams who ran 10 or more jet sweeps. Coincidentally, the Rams led the NFL with 48 jet sweeps and the Patriots were tied for second with the Chargers at 24. And, of course, the Patriots and Rams were in the Super Bowl.

Rookie seventh-round running back Kerrith Whyte is another player who could run the play from a slot position because of his 4.37-second speed in the 40.

Also, free agent acquisition Marvin Hall once ran a 4.28-second 40 at his pro day three years ago, although he had only two rushes for 3 yards with the Falcons.