The Minnesota Vikings’ offense will likely have a radically different look next season with first-year head coach Mike Zimmer and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in town.
Turner, who loves the vertical game, will have quite the offensive weapon at his disposal in former Vols wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Patterson, who was basically drafted to replace Percy Harvin, is listed among the “good” in ESPN Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling’s breakdown of Minnesota’s wide receivers.
The good: In his first year in the NFL, Cordarrelle Patterson looked like a star in the making. Granted, much of his best work came as a kick returner, but Patterson had moments when he showed he could be a dangerous threat as a receiver, too — most notably his 79-yard screen pass against the Ravens on Dec. 8. Patterson could be the Vikings’ next iteration of Percy Harvin, and will likely be the team’s starting split end for years to come.
There are not many players in the NFL that are better with the ball in their hands than Cordarrelle Patterson.
Patterson, however, still has a lot of work to do with his route running, but once he has the ball in the open field, he’s always a threat to score.
The former Tennessee Volunteer standout has only scratched the surface of his potential. He’ll be playing in the Pro-Bowl on January 26, for the first of what should be many appearances over the duration of his career.
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