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Cordarrelle Patterson | Wide Receiver

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Tennessee
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Cordarrelle Patterson opened Vikings training camp working with the second-team offense.
Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday he's seen "improvement" from Patterson, though Zimmer stated less than a week ago that Patterson's practice-in, practice-out consistency has remained frustrating. Patterson will likely settle in as the Vikings' kickoff returner and fourth receiver on offense this season. Jul 29 - 9:06 PM

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Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Cordarrelle Patterson's consistency has remained an issue on the practice field.

"He'll have really good days, and then he'll have some not-so-good days," Zimmer said. "Really, I think what he needs to do is just the consistency every single day and the consistency in studying, the consistency in getting extra help that he needs if he needs it, running the routes the same all the time." Behind Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, and Jarius Wright on the depth chart, Patterson is unlikely to contribute in fantasy this year. Added Zimmer, "To me, the biggest thing with him is that: Does he want to be 'Flash' or does he want to be a great receiver? I'm not trying to dog him or anything, but that's really what it is."
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:20 PM

Third-year Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson calls 2015 a "make-or-break year."

"I’ve got a lot to prove," Patterson admitted. "I need to get back to the old me and have fun and not get too serious like I did last year." OC Norv Turner said last month that Patterson is still a candidate to start, while his offseason reports have generally been positive. Patterson will open the season behind Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson, with Jarius Wright manning the slot. It's too early to throw in the towel on Patterson as an offensive playmaker, but he's correct that 2015 is shaping up as a make-or-break campaign.
Jul 25 - 9:53 AM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said Cordarrelle Patterson is in the mix to start.

Patterson is getting reps with the second team at minicamp. If he can improve his route running, Patterson can play his way back into three-wide sets, but is penciled in behind Jarius Wright for slot duties. Mike Wallace is locked in as the every-down Z-receiver in Norv Turner’s offense, with Charles Johnson at X.
Jun 17 - 6:21 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson will be the Vikings' primary kick returner this season.

"In my mind, Cordarrelle Patterson's the best kick returner in this league," special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said, "so it would be crazy for me to put someone else in that spot." Patterson will have to vastly improve as a receiver to beat out Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson or Jarius Wright for playing time on offense, but he has the open-field ability to make a big impact on special teams. Patterson has averaged 29.4 yards per kick return through two years in the league.
Jun 6 - 11:23 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer continued to express optimism about Cordarrelle Patterson following the Vikings' recent minicamp.

"Cordarrelle is doing a good job in this offseason," Zimmer said. "He has been in better shape and he is doing a better job of running routes, of competing each and every down. I look forward to him coming on and I’m a big fan of his. We’re just trying to get him to realize all the little intricacies you have to do offensively in the NFL in order to be a great player." Intricacies, routes, and conditioning have been obstacles for Patterson early in his NFL career. His role in Norv Turner's 2015 offense remains questionable after Patterson regressed as a sophomore.
May 17 - 9:49 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer claims Cordarrelle Patterson is "running routes good" this offseason.

Patterson's inability to get open last year resulted in him getting benched in Week 13 in favor of Charles Johnson. From that point forward, Teddy Bridgewater and the entire Vikings offense made major strides. So as much as the Vikings will talk up Patterson's improvement and effort this offseason, it's very hard to see him playing a major role in 2015. Mike Wallace is the every-down Z and Johnson is the every-down X.
May 14 - 10:25 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson stepped up his fitness this offseason.

Patterson spent four weeks in February working out with a fitness expert known as "Hell's trainer." His training included sprinting up stairs, running on the beach with a weighted vest and pullups on a jungle gym. The third-year wideout is already calling the upcoming 2015 campaign a "make or break" year. He'll have to carve a new role for himself after being passed on the depth chart by former Dolphin Mike Wallace.
May 6 - 9:21 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson said he's focusing on route-running this offseason.

Patterson is very self-aware when it comes to his weaknesses. The athletic freak simply hasn't been able to get open at the NFL level. "Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything," Patterson said. "I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that." Cordarrelle enters this season behind both Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace on the depth chart.
Apr 28 - 11:08 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman insists the team is "very excited" about Cordarrelle Patterson's future with the team.

Patterson flopped as a sophomore following a promising rookie season, taking steps back across the board. Spielman insists Patterson has matured this offseason after failing as a route runner under Norv Turner. "There’s no question about the physical ability there. I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we’re very excited about the future with Cordarrelle." Patterson is a total wild card for 2015.
Apr 26 - 12:08 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson's agent tells CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora his client is not being shopped by the Vikings.

Long rumored to be on the block, the rumblings around Patterson grew louder following the Vikings' acquisition of Mike Wallace. Patterson does not appear to be well liked by Minnesota's coaching staff, and he would not seem to have a role in the re-shaped offense. Even if he sticks with Minnesota, Patterson's inability to run routes will limit his opportunities in OC Norv Turner's offense.
Mar 13 - 7:36 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling has "heard before" the team would "think about moving" Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade.

It's no secret Patterson has few friends on Minnesota's coaching staff, continually getting called out by Mike Zimmer last year, and benched by OC Norv Turner. Goessling says a Patterson trade "wouldn't shock me." Patterson has video-game movement skills, but still hasn't learned to run pass patterns and has to be manufactured touches to make any kind of offensive impact.
Mar 12 - 9:08 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said at the NFL Combine that the Vikings have to do a "better job of manufacturing touches" for Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson flopped as a traditional "X" receiver in Norv Turner's offense last year, eventually losing his job to practice-squad signee Charles Johnson. Johnson is now locked in at X, though the Vikings' "Z" position should be open for the taking after a middling year from aging Greg Jennings. The door isn't entirely slammed shut for 2013 first-round pick Patterson, but he has to learn how to run routes.
Feb 19 - 1:08 PM

OC Norv Turner admitted Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of progression this season was "frustrating."

Patterson was so bad as an NFL sophomore that he got benched midway through the season. "A big part of it for him is understanding how detailed and how hard this is to be a receiver in this league," Turner said. "And then he's got to put the work in." We're never going to give up on 23-year-old freak talents like C-Patt, but it's clear he has a long way to go. He heads into the 2015 offseason firmly behind Charles Johnson and Greg Jennings.
Jan 6 - 12:40 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson finished Week 17 without a catch, seeing one target.

Patterson's lone "highlight" was a third-quarter drop that was intercepted by Kyle Fuller. Patterson was beyond-brutal as a wideout in first-year OC Norv Turner's system, ultimately dipping to No. 4 on the depth chart behind Charles Johnson, Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright. Finishing with 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown, Patterson's future in the league appears to be as a returns specialist and not as a traditional receiver. His Dynasty value took a huge, huge hit this year. Patterson will probably not be draft-able in 2015 re-draft leagues.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:43:00 PM