May 3, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) gets set for a drill at the Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson Leaning On Greg Jennings

Every young player in the NFL needs a veteran to lean on during the early part of their careers. Former Vols receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has a pretty good mentor with the Minnesota Vikings — Greg Jennings.

While both Jennings and Patterson are new to the Vikings, Jennings brings the knowledge of a veteran that Patterson will be looking to lean on during his rookie season.

Jennings spent the first seven years of his career with the Green Bay Packers, before signing with the Vikings this off-season.

During the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere this past week Patterson was asked what he was most looking forward to during his first season with the Vikings.

I’m just looking forward to being under Greg Jennings’ wing, he’s a vet…I’m just ready to play under him. Every day at practice he has something good to tell me, I just take in the locker room and then think about it every night. I wake up in the morning, just ready to meet him every day at practice.

Patterson’s landing spot in Minnesota is kind of full circle for the South Carolina native. Cordarrelle grew up idolizing Randy Moss and will now wear the the same number 84 that Moss wore during his time with the Vikings.

Patterson says that Moss was a role model for him since he was little. He admits he knows he can’t do the things that Moss did, but that’s the player he tries most to emulate.

Those are some pretty big shoes to fill, Moss had one of the best rookie seasons for a receiver ever.

With Greg Jennings helping along the way and the talent that Patterson already possesses, the young receiver could end up having a rookie season that will make his idol proud.


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  • David

    Things are really looking up for the Vikings franchise, I’m looking forward to the start of a new season already.

  • JaKa

    Jennings has some things going for himself that almost could make him a premier go to guy. He also has some problems; just ask T.T.. He’s a cry-baby, who likes to take things to the press. He dropped 3 out of 4 early one game as a Packer, and out of instinct or intelligence Rodgers stopped going to him, for the most part that day. Jennings then went to the press, complaining about not getting the ball enough. His after the catch is made stats are great, he’s good for near 15 yards a catch. So, as the Vikings go, so does Jennings, almost the key word. I hesitate to say it, but he dogs it sometimes. When he figures he’s not going to get the ball, he runs at half pace, giving it away to a defense, after they catch on to it. He has a few things to clear up before being truly great. Like I said, almost.

    I hope this Viking rookie plans on dropping the ball, a lot Jennings led the Pack in dropped balls that should be caught every year he was a Packer. Wine with your cheese, Viking fans?

    As you can tell, I’m a Packer fan. One more thing. After Jennings went to the press they wrote up stories. He did so twice last year, early in the year, before being “called” on it. Staff spoke to him and he stopped it. The thing is: each time he got the story in print, which was, “I think Aaron don’t like me, I never get any throws my way. blah blah”. Each time Green Bay lost two (2) games after the news hit the stands. That’s four (4) games the Packers lost last year after he opened his big mouth. If the rookie has it in himself, the two of them could be the best duo or cry-babies in the NFL. I hope he has it in him to say, I have a vendetta to settle before playing the Pack this year, both games. Rodgers will blow him away, both games. The new backfield Capers is polishing up will be the real guys blowing him away, but I really think the press would affect the Qb’s play that day, like scoring TDs.

    • burbankTJ

      this was a football article, you should post this nonsense on TMZ.

    • Austin Joseph Berger

      Vikings will win the Division this year. Want some King with that Vike?