As a rookie, Cordarrelle Patterson showed the NFL what fans of the Vols already knew — he’s an electric player that is always a threat to score with the ball in his hands.
Patterson scored nine touchdowns as a rookie last season, in three different ways. He rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and ran a kick-off back for a touchdown.
The former Vol’s versatility on offense and special teams earned him an All-Pro selection as a kick returner and a Pro-Bowl selection as an alternate (due to Antonio Brown’s injury).
Patterson, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, is expected to see an increased role on offense this season.
The Vikings brought in renowned offensive coordinator Norv Turner to call plays this season. Turner is known for his vertical passing game.
I’m sure the Vikings will also continue to find creative ways to get the ball in the hands of Patterson — their most dynamic playmaker.
Despite Patterson’s expected increased role, the Vikings still plan to use him as a kick-returner.
Despite Cordarrelle Patterson’s increased role on offense, #Vikings ST coach Mike Priefer says he hopes to keep using him on kick returns.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 18, 2014
This is a smart move by the Vikings. Patterson is always a threat to score. He’s also fairly durable and has an uncanny ability to avoid contact.
Getting the ball in the hands of Patterson, as much as possible, is the right thing to do. It will ease the workload of stud running back Adrian Peterson and take some of the pressure off whichever young quarterback the Vikings decide to put under center this season.
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