Former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has the talent to be a number one wide receiver in the NFL.
The only question is can he put it all together?
Veteran wide receiver (and teammate of Patterson) Greg Jennings seems to think he can, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com.
Jennings, who had already been in town and had sat down with Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, quickly got a sense of how prominently Patterson would be featured in the Vikings’ offense. He wanted to make sure the electric receiver knew what that required of him.
“I wanted him to know that, coming in, the expectation of you is no longer ‘rookie.’ It’s, ‘You gotta go. We saw what you can do. We’re gonna showcase this,’” Jennings recalled last week. “For me, it was making sure that he understands that he has to be a professional. He has to be a pro’s pro when he steps foot in this building, because we’re expecting (him) to give us what we’ve seen you put out there.”
Jennings was asked to mentor Patterson last season, as the Vikings signed him to a five-year deal in March 2013 and spent a first-round pick on Patterson a month later. That relationship will continue in 2014, but a year after Patterson put a spark into the Vikings’ offense despite a role that even Jennings believed needed to be bigger, there seems to be little doubt about how much the Vikings will use Patterson this season.
Patterson showed how electric he could be with the ball in his hands last season. He wasn’t consistent as a rookie, but the game-changing playmaking ability was undoubtedly there.
The Vikings will especially count on Patterson this year with a potential starting rookie quarterback. A player like CP could be a safety valve for a young quarterback, making his role with the Vikings that much more important.