Minnesota Vikings: Introducing Cordarrelle Patterson

Cordarrelle Patterson

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Before you ask why I did not mention Percy Harvin in this piece I will let you know, like his allegiance to the Minnesota Vikings, he is history. The new guy is in and will not have any of the issues Harvin possessed with the team.

So without further ado, the new Vikings do-it-all playmaker is Cordarelle Patterson.

The 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Tennessee was a coveted commodity for the Vikes: they traded up to get him with the Patriots draft pick.

At Tennessee, Patterson scored at least one touchdown via reception, rush, kick return and punt return, with 10 total touchdowns in 12 games of action. This includes a punt return, kickoff return, three rushing touchdowns, and five receiving scores.

When watching film of him its easy to be astonished by his flat out speed. After all, he did run a 4.42 40 yard dash at the scouting combine. But, the most intriguing attribute that I think Patterson posses is his elusiveness. In his kickoff return touchdown against ranked opponent Mississippi State I counted six guys who were in position to make a play on him. He planted his foot effortlessly in the ground and didn’t slow down at all. This is something the Vikings haven’t consistently had in a while. The guy who we shall not speak of was explosive, but he wasn’t in the lineup enough to make the impact he made in his first seasons with the team.

Another thing I love about Patterson is his size. At 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds with reliable hands, Patterson can go up and grab everything in sight. His lateral movement mixed with his size is incredible. Maybe even mind blowing.

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At receiver Patterson is very raw. He played two years at the junior college level before playing one season with Tennessee. His route running and coverage reads need work. That shouldn’t worry Vikings fans because of the help given by veteran Greg Jennings. I see major improvement for the rookie. While he is a developmental prospect in the passing game, he will light it up no matter how the team decides to get his hands on the ball.

Patterson was used in every possible way with Tennessee. He scored touchdowns out of the backfield, through the air, and returning kicks. If that doesn’t scream playmaker then I don’t know what will. I believe the Vikings will use him the same way Tennessee used him. Everywhere

  • John

    This is actually a pretty poorly written article. There were several sentences that didn’t make sense even after re-reading them multiple times. My ultimate pet peeve: “he literally planted his foot”…he did? Did he dig a hole and bury it with some fertilizer and then water it, all the while making tacklers miss? I doubt it, because planting your foot would make you stationary and easier to tackle…also it would take too long and probably require tools.

    • Rich Durazzo

      I appreciate your feedback. I took some of your comments into consideration. Have a nice day.

      • Paul

        Great read. Only thing is he ran a 4.42 at the combine.

        • Rich Durazzo

          My apologies, I listed his Pro Day time.

    • Dan

      You do realize you’re wrong right? To plant is not just to put a seed in the ground and make it grow. It is also defined as, from Merriam – Webster, “to place firmly or forcibly” or “to place in or on the ground”. It may not have been elegant, but he very well could have LITERALLY planted his foot.

    • Dan

      You do realize John is wrong right? To plant is not just to put a seed in the ground and make it grow. It is also defined as, from Merriam – Webster, “to place firmly or forcibly” or “to place in or on the ground”. It may not have been elegant, but he very well could have LITERALLY planted his foot.

  • nick

    This was an awesome read. And John…..you are a complete jackass. Go fuck yourself

  • Rich Durazzo

    I appreciate the love guys, but I did delete the word “literally” out of the story after seeing John’s comment. Other than that I hope you still enjoyed it.

  • Bill

    I have to say that I agree with John’s point to an extent, but he wasn’t very tactful in his approach. I think some of the sentences/paragraphs were a bit Run-on-ish (the one about all his touchdowns) and the improper use of “its” (should be it’s, for it is). That said, I appreciate the effort here and it was an otherwise enjoyable read. I would only suggest having someone proofread or edit future articles before publishing them for troglodytes like some of the commenters to read…