You may not have a choice.
Not with Michael Crabtree slapped with a two-game suspension for his role in Sunday's Black Hole brawl against Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, a penalty he will appeal and will probably still result in a one-game absence.
And not if Amari Cooper is unable to go after suffering a concussion and a sprained left ankle on a hit he took going across the middle on Sunday.
As Patterson told Roberts and Holton in the second half of the Oakland Raiders' 21-14 defeat of the Broncos, "We all we got."
Turns out, the Roberts-Patterson-Holton receiving trio was just enough for Derek Carr against the Broncos' No Fly Zone secondary, which was missing a key cog in the ejected Talib. The New York Giants and their No. 29-ranked pass defense come to the Black Hole this weekend and, well, get your popcorn ready.
And no, that is not a hint to the Raiders to run out and sign Terrell Owens. Oakland has two rookie receivers on its practice squad in Keon Hatcher and Isaac Whitney should Reggie McKenzie decide the Raiders need another body at wideout this weekend.
Sure, the Raiders may be without a combined 84 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in Crabtree (42-502-6) and Cooper (42-499-5), but tight end Jared Cook has been almost as invaluable to Carr.
Cook also has 42 receptions, for a team-leading 536 yards and one TD.
Which brings us back to Roberts, Patterson and Holton, who have combined for 49 catches for 609 yards and three TDs.
"They came up with some big plays in the game," said Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. "Johnny got deep again, did a nice job throughout the day. Also on special teams, did a nice job for us. Cordarrelle came up with some big moments in the game.
"All in all, it was a solid, solid job of filling in and executing with your two main guys out."
Carr spoke of the innate timing he had with the replacements. "I'm mostly throwing to Crab, Coop, Seth in practice and some game plans specific to those other guys," Carr said.
"There's things that we'll clean up, you know -- timing-wise and things like that -- but for them to be able to come in and make the plays that they made? Johnny is an amazing person, let alone a player. He's fast and sure as heck knows to let me know when he's in the huddle. He's good at that. I have all the confidence in the world in those guys.
"Looking forward, we have a lot of guys that make plays and we've got to have guys step up."
All the speedy Holton does is catch deep passes, as evidenced by his four receptions for 161 yards (40.3 yards per catch average) and two TDs.
His 47-yard catch on third-and-10 midway through the third quarter set the Raiders up at the Broncos' 6-yard line. One play later, Carr hit Richard for a TD to give Oakland a 21-0 lead.
Roberts, meanwhile, rebounded from his bad game in Mexico City with two clutch catches for 26 yards, including a 20-yard pickup on third-and-15 in the first quarter. He has 24 catches for 262 yards and a score on the year, and the Raiders are 10-0 in his career whenever he gets in the end zone.
But it was Patterson, a two-time All-Pro kick returner, who sealed the game, getting free in the middle of the field when Oakland faced third-and-8 from its 15-yard line with more than two minutes to play and the Raiders clinging to a 7-point lead.
A backpedaling Carr, already in the shotgun, threw a high-arching pass off his back foot from about the 3-yard line to a streaking Patterson down the middle of the field.
"They went Cover-0," Patterson said. "I don't know why they would do that."
Patterson caught the floater at about the 31-yard line and turned on the burners, and the strength. He broke two tackles at the 43-yard line, crossed midfield and then broke two more tackles before going down at the Denver 31-yard line for a 54-yard gain.
"I guess because we were down two receivers [Cooper and Crabtree] they thought they could get pressure on Derek," Patterson said. "But he did an excellent job seeing man-coverage and just seeing me one-on-one with the free safety or cornerback or whoever it was. He just put the ball so perfect there was no way I couldn't make a play on that."
And now they may be called upon for similar theatrics and heroics against the Giants, who will likely be without cornerback Janoris Jenkins. He could go on injured reserve with an ankle injury this week.
"We all can make plays, starting with the guys on practice squad," Patterson said. "They show up each and every day working hard for our defense, getting them good looks each week. Without those guys, what would we be?
"We take good pride in our practice squad players and everybody on the 53-man roster. We just stepped up and did what we are supposed to do. We know what we can do. That's why when people go down, it's next man up."
Or three, whatever the case may be.