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Cordarrelle Patterson | Wide Receiver

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Tennessee
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Cordarrelle Patterson had three catches for 38 yards in Minnesota's preseason opener on Friday night.
Patterson finished with four targets despite playing only the first quarter. He was the clear No. 1 option for both Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. Patterson has major breakout appeal in Norv Turner's vertical offense. He's going to be heavily involved all over the field, which should lead to consistent touches. Aug 8 - 9:38 PM

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Cordarrelle Patterson is back at practice Wednesday.

Patterson struggled with a foot injury early in camp. A dynamic athlete, Patterson needs to show he has the receiving ability to consistently make plays in the NFL. He is currently coming off the board in the fourth round.
Jul 30 - 4:20 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson missed the team's first practice with a foot injury.

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling said the injury will keep Patterson out "a couple days." Patterson needs all the practice time he can get as he tries to refine his dynamic raw abilities into an elite receiver package. He has a ton of upside, but is being over-drafted as the No. 15 wideout off the board in fantasy drafts.
Jul 26 - 10:05 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kickoffs despite his increased offensive role.

Patterson was the best kick returner in the NFL last season. "We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible," Zimmer said. "We’re not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there." Zimmer suggested the jury remains out on whether Patterson will become an equally dynamic wide receiver. "For him to take the next step," Zimmer said, "we’re going to have to see how he gets off a jam and the things that people will try to do to take him away."
Jul 23 - 9:48 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner is reportedly interested in getting Cordarrelle Patterson the ball "as much as he can."

There's nothing new here. As soon as Turner was hired back in February, he put in 10 plays for Patterson and then proceeded to move the explosive playmaker all over the formation during offseason workouts. We know there's going to be a concerted effort to manufacture touches for Patterson, the only question is if his route-running has improved enough to warrant a "go-to guy" kind of role. It's something worth watching very closely during camp, as C-Patt has the natural ability to be a weekly difference-maker.
Jul 17 - 10:27 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson expects to be a "top-five playmaker."

"I'm a playmaker, I like to make plays," Patterson said. "Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I'm special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball." It's supreme confidence from a player who indeed made plays in 2013, but had to have his touches manufactured. Patterson is an obvious breakout candidate for 2014, but the word is already out far and wide. He's not going to fall in fantasy drafts, making him a bit of a boom-or-bust option.
Jul 8 - 7:59 PM

Both Matt Cassel and Vikings OC Norv Turner are praising Cordarrelle Patterson's route-running improvement.

Route limitations forced ex-OC Bill Musgrave to utilize Patterson as a gadget player on offense last year. Cassel cited Patterson's "route-running and his ability to recognize defense" as areas where he's made the most progress. "I think from Day 1 to now he's improved as a route runner," added Turner. "He's been very serious about working as a route runner." Patterson's breakout potential is unfortunately already built into his early fifth-round ADP. He'll be a boom-or-bust fantasy pick.
Jul 4 - 1:31 PM

Greg Jennings said he's been told the Vikings are going to "showcase" Cordarrelle Patterson.

After sitting down with new coach Mike Zimmer and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Jennings "quickly got a sense of how prominently Patterson would be featured in the Vikings' offense." It's a stark change from last season, when Bill Musgrave inexplicably shackled Patterson's freakish natural ability. We're still worried about C-Patt's raw route running, but Turner is going to scheme the ball into his hands any way he can. Owners that like to bet on talent and let the chips fall should be salivating.
Jun 23 - 8:14 AM

New OC Norv Turner moved Cordarrelle Patterson "around in the Vikings' offense plenty" at pre-draft minicamp.

It's obviously early, but Turner seems to envision Patterson as a movement-type "Z" receiver as opposed to a true "X" who beats defenses vertically, a la Josh Gordon and Vincent Jackson. "We've moved Cordarrelle around quite a bit this week and he seemed to handle it pretty well, so we'll see how much he can handle," said Turner. After showing very little as a route runner during his rookie season, Patterson is someone to monitor closely this summer.
May 2 - 3:16 PM

Nearly two-thirds of Cordarrelle Patterson's 2013 targets came within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, and 22 of the 72 targets came on passes behind the line of scrimmage.

Although Patterson theoretically possesses the size-speed combination to become new Vikings OC Norv Turner's next Josh Gordon or Vincent Jackson, his rookie-year usage suggests Patterson is not yet a vertical receiver, and is far more comparable to a plus-sized Percy Harvin. Whether Patterson can improve as an intermediate and vertical route runner will go a long way toward determining if he can take a Gordon-like leap in his second season.
Apr 21 - 1:46 PM

According to Vikings GM Rick Spielman, the "first thing" OC Norv Turner did upon being hired was "put in 10 plays for Cordarrelle Patterson."

Norval unleashed Josh Gordon last season, and is ready to do the same with the freakishly-athletic Patterson. No. 1 receivers have always thrived under Turner, especially ones who can take the lid off of opposing secondaries. Even for a No. 1 receiver, Patterson has rare speed and movement skills. He's one of 2014's most obvious breakout candidates.
Feb 20 - 1:39 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Cordarrelle Patterson is "in line for a monster season" in 2014.

Patterson spent most of his rookie season behind Jerome Simpson before going off for 375 total yards and six touchdowns over the final five games. He's expected to open 2014 as the Vikings' starting split end and will be a major breakout candidate under new OC Norv Turner. With Simpson unlikely to be re-signed and Greg Jennings limited to slot duties, Patterson is going to be the centerpiece of Minnesota's pass offense. Josh Gordon led the league in receiving yards last year under Turner despite having Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Brian Hoyer as his quarterbacks.
Feb 14 - 6:12 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to be the Vikings' starting split end "for years to come."

Patterson played behind Jerome Simpson for much of his rookie year, averaging just 28.0 snaps per game and finishing with a 45/469/4 line. But Simpson is an unrestricted free agent facing another NFL suspension and it's obvious to anyone with two functioning eyes that Patterson needs to be an every-down player. He has the natural ability to be a plus-sized Percy Harvin with the ball in his hands at 6'2/216. There won't be many better fantasy breakout candidates in 2014 than Patterson.
Jan 22 - 9:58 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for 54 yards and a second score as the Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13 in Week 17.

Patterson busted a 50-yard touchdown in the first quarter to put Minnesota up 7-0 on Detroit, and scored again to reestablish a 14-13 lead in the second half on an eight-yard back-shoulder pass from Matt Cassel. Blessed with rare playmaking ability, Patterson finishes his first NFL season as the league's premier kickoff returner, in addition to a 45-469-4 stat line as a receiver and 12-158-3 as a rusher. His Dynasty league value is among the top-20 wide receivers, and he's going to be a serious breakout candidate in re-draft leagues if Minnesota upgrades at quarterback.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) is listed as probable for Week 17.

He'll be all systems go for Sunday's finale against the Lions.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 03:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Jerick McKinnon
4Joe Banyard
5Dominique Williams
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Erik Lora
4Kamar Jorden
5Kain Colter
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Rodney Smith
4Adam Thielen
5Andy Cruse
WR31Jerome Simpson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Allen Reisner
5Michael Higgins
K1Blair Walsh