Rookie WR Patterson showing promise early

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 12:11 AM

MANKATO - The Vikings had plenty to be excited about in Cordarrelle Patterson’s preseason debut, a four-catch, 54-yard effort in last week’s 27-13 loss to Houston. As offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave likes to say, confidence stems from demonstrated performance. And in Patterson’s first NFL action under the lights, he met the challenge.

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kfanvikeAug. 14, 1310:29 AM

Most teams start their best 2 wide receivers. The Falcons moved up and spent a ton on Julio Jones so he cound START (duhh it worked). Here, we have Jennings and... Jerome Simpson? Jerome Simpson should start and not Patterson who, though a rookie, has about 10 times his talent and has shown he is learning it all quickly? OK, so we're doin the baby steps thing again - like with Tavaris, and NOT putting the best players on the field. Smart. Really works well - all those championships; tried and true methodology. What a sickening organization this is. Anti-the rest of the NFL in philosophy where developing young players is concerned.

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jtrain991Aug. 14, 13 1:02 PM

settle down kfanvike, it's still early. eitherway, he will get plenty of touches. if simpson plays like last yr then i'm sure patterson will be starting quickly. if simpson can finally show some of his talent then flash can work a bunch out of the slot and he will take handoffs/reverses, bubble screens, and al types of routes. throw in kick off returns and he will have plenty of touches and make this team just as dangerous as percy harvin ever did.

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Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
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Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
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Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
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