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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:14:58 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will remain on kickoff returns despite an expanded role in the offense this season. "We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible. We're not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there," head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 23. "He's been a very hard worker, he has improved his route running since we've been here and things are going to change for these guys in training camp when we are able to start playing bump-and-run."
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners are never thrilled to see their receiver used on kickoff returns, especially if they're in a format which does not reward individual return yardage. There is a risk of injury with no reward. However, don't shy away from Patterson despite the risk, as he is a player with a ton of offensive upside. Use a pick in the neighborhood of Rounds 4 though 6 on Patterson and you will not be sorry.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:49:59 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has high expectations for the 2014 season, thinking he could be a top-five playmaker at wide receiver. "I'm going to be a top-5 playmaker," Patterson said. "I'm a playmaker, I like to make plays. 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."
Fantasy Tip: There is a lot to be excited about with Patterson going into 2014. He should be considered a WR2 with an extremely high ceiling.
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:47:28 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is improving as a receiver, according to QB Matt Cassel. "I just think his route-running and his ability to recognize defense" Cassel said. "I think that's huge for him, and any receiver, as you move forward."
Fantasy Tip: Patterson's natural athleticism is off the charts, and he flashed his big-play ability at times as a rookie last year. If he can begin to master the nuances of the WR position to go along with his physical tools, he could become a special player. For now, consider him a WR2 with a high ceiling for fantasy purposes.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:43:16 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has impressed CB Captain Munnerlyn this offseason. "The time we played them, he was nothing like he is now,'' Munnerlyn said. "I told him, 'The time we played you, I'm glad we caught you early.' Because if we hadn't have caught him early, he was tearing people up at the end up the year. He's really growing as a receiver, and I'm seeing it with my own two eyes.'' Munnerlyn played for the Carolina Panthers last year.
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:50:06 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings said the team plans to showcase WR Cordarrelle Patterson this season. Jennings hinted that Patterson could overtake him as the No. 1 wide receiver for the team.
Fantasy Tip: Patterson has some upside as a WR2, and this is encouraging news, despite his lack of a proven quarterback.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:38:09 -0700
Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said he hopes WR Cordarrelle Patterson continues to be used as a kick returner this upcoming season even though he will likely have an increased role on offense.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:15:18 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson, who took a pay cut to remain with the team after some off-field issues, is likely not in line to start with leading returning WR Greg Jennings and WR Cordarrelle Patterson in the mix. Still, Simpson is happy to be back, and he had a good relationship with head coach Mike Zimmer when the two were both in the Cincinnati Bengals organization together.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:54:59 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he believes WR Cordarrelle Patterson will thrive under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Spielman said Turner has already installed 10 plays for Patterson in the offense.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:50:04 -0800
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was named second-team All-Pro Friday, Jan. 3. WR Cordarrelle Patterson also was named All-Pro as a kick returner.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:46:30 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will participate in the 2014 Pro Bowl as a replacement for Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:16:09 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson had two carries for 54 yards and a 50-yard touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions, and he posted two catches for 31 yards and another score. Patterson managed nine touchdowns over his final five games.
Fantasy Tip: Patterson emerged as a fantasy must-start down the stretch, and he'll be a highly coveted option in long-term keeper formats.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:26:05 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 27, and is listed as probable for Week 17.
Fantasy Tip: Patterson should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver for most owners this week.
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:04:31 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:23:17 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) was listed as a limited participant for practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:33:37 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson hauled in five receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He also had four kickoff returns for a total of 111 yards, and he rushed six yards on one carry.
Fantasy Tip: Patterson was a fantasy dynamo in formats which also reward individual return yardage, but for those in standard leagues he was pretty good too. He is emerging as an impressive long-term keeper option, and imagine how good he could be with an NFL caliber quarterback throwing to him.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 09:51:43 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will start at wide receiver in place of WR Jerome Simpson.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:52:06 -0800
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has not yet spelled out the plan publicly, but he has hinted this week that WR Cordarrelle Patterson could start Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Seattle Seahawks ahead of WR Jerome Simpson, who was charged with drunken driving. "They drafted me to play, not ride the bench every snap," Patterson said. "If I start, I start. If I don't, I don't. I'm behind a great guy in Jerome Simpson. Me and him compete with each other just to get better."
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:20:46 -0800
Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson will likely play in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks despite being charged with a third-degree driving while intoxicated. However, head coach Leslie Frazier won't say whether Simpson will start in the game. Simpson could also face further discipline for violating the terms of his probation following a September 2011 arrest for a drug-related offense. WR Cordarrelle Patterson could be involved more if the Vikes choose to limit Simpson's availability.
Fantasy Tip: Simpson is a very risky play this weekend and should be considered a flex option at best. Patterson's stock is rising in deeper leagues as WR depth, especially if Simpson is suspended at some point this season.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:07:01 -0700
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave indicated Friday, Nov. 1, that the team has packages in place for when WRs Cordarrelle Patterson and Jerome Simpson are on the field at the same time, and the club might want to expand that package. "We didn't get a lot of plays the other night. We need to stay on the field so we can call more than a couple dozen, excluding the two-minute the other night," Musgrave said. "We want to get into our game plan because we do have some packages that we're excited about...getting both those guys out on the field and letting them do their thing.
Fantasy Tip: Patterson has been seeing a rise in playing time, and he might emerge as a useful WR3 or flex fantasy option sooner rather than later. The only problem has been the black hole that is the Minnesota quarterback situation. Until there is stability there, the fantasy ceiling for Patterson and Simpson is a bit limited.
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:50:51 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson had an end-around and a season-high six targets in the team's Week 7 loss to the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 21.
Fantasy Tip: He caught three of those six passes for just 22 yards, though. There is a glimmer of hope for Patterson, but until the quarterback situation improves in Minnesota, there's not much incentive to add him to your roster.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:07:33 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson played in only 19 of the team's 79 offensive snaps in Week 3.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 05:50:40 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings plan to increase WR Cordarrelle Patterson's workload in the coming weeks. He has played just 11 snaps in the first two games.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:43:32 -0700
Minnesota Viking head coach Leslie Frazier said WR Cordarrelle Patterson is fully healthy and he only played five snaps in Week 1 due to a coach's decision.
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:15:39 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (back) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 6, and is probable for Week 1.
Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:06:16 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:36:21 -0700
Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), DT Letroy Guion (finger), OT Phil Loadholt (knee), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (back), FS Mistral Raymond (shoulder) and FS Harrison Smith (back) were limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:41:10 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson could receive more time with the first-team offense during the third preseason game because WR Jarius Wright (concussion) will not play in the game.
Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:43:56 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team will continue to try to get the ball to WR Cordarrelle Patterson because he did well as a receiver in the first preseason game. "We weren't sure how fast he'd come as a receiver. For him to do what he did tonight, that's going to help his confidence. I'm sure he'll go back and work even harder to be more of a complete receiver. That's exactly what you want out of a rookie playing wide receiver in our league. He's going to be hungry coming back and we've just got to keep feeding him to help him to continue to grow," Frazier said.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 06:49:34 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson appears to be the team's fourth receiver right now.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:02:41 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings signed first-round pick WR Cordarrelle Patterson to a four-year deal.
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:06:43 -0700
Former University of Tennessee assistant coach Charlie Baggett said he believes Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson's speed and athleticism compares favorably to free-agent WR Randy Moss (49ers). "I don't want people misinterpreting me as saying Cordarrelle is better or will be better than Randy Moss," Baggett said. "When it comes to everything else that's needed to be an elite NFL receiver, he has a long way to go to reach Randy. But he definitely has that ability. He really does."
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:37:46 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings echoed wide-ranging statements of how impressive WR Cordarrelle Patterson during offseason workouts. Jennings said that Patterson has "that definitive step," meaning a decisive, aggressive move near the top of a route that helps a receiver create separation. It's not necessarily a recommended football move and is often corrected when a receiver is taught to make all his routes look the same in the NFL. However, it can be effective in the right setting as a pinpoint weapon, as it was for Jennings, he said.
Fantasy Tip: Jennings is mentoring Patterson, which isn't a bad sign for the youngster's future. Patterson has top-flight speed and, despite his team's shaky QB situation, should be considered a late-rounds flyer for his big-play potential.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:00:43 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson continued to see the first rep on kick returns, ahead of WR Joe Webb and CBs A.J. Jefferson, Josh Robinson and Marcus Sherels. "I think (Patterson is) more comfortable catching kickoffs right now than punts, like a lot of young guys," special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said Wednesday, June 19. "But we're making progress in both phases." Priefer said if the season were starting right now, Sherels would be the team's punt returner.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:37:17 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Joe Webb said he has been helping out WR Cordarrelle Patterson during practices with different things. "I've been helping Cordarrelle out a lot, especially with the offense," Webb said. "Keeping him updated on what defenses like to do against certain routes."
Fri, 31 May 2013 07:03:40 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings said he is willing to help WR Cordarrelle Patterson improve his route running skills because he believes Patterson has talent but it is raw.
Thu, 30 May 2013 15:57:13 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings plan on easing rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson into action behind Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. Along with a trial in kick returning, Patterson will get looks that "utilize his strengths."
Fantasy Tip: In other words, some deep balls: The big-play potential needs some polishing, but he'll keep late-rounds fantasy allure throughout the summer, or at least unless we get negative camp reports.
Wed, 29 May 2013 12:39:50 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is being used as a kick returner during organized team activities.
Thu, 16 May 2013 09:45:10 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will be given an opportunity to earn a starting wide receiver spot across from WR Greg Jennings this year, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. WR Joe Webb will be insurance in case Patterson doesn't pan out.
Fantasy Tip: It's tough to predict Patterson's fantasy value heading into his rookie season. Aside from Greg Jennings, Christian Ponder doesn't have much to work with at wideout, and Kyle Rudolph will remain a big target in the passing game. Patterson is a bit of a project and will have to improve his route-running skills dramatically to make an impact immediately. Consider him a late-round flier in deep leagues.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:16:56 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings selected Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
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Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:03:49 -0700
The St. Louis Rams are likely to take either West Virginia WR Tavon Austin or Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins with the No. 16 pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The team could also be interested in California WR Keenan Allen and Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:48:53 -0700
There are reportedly some red flags regarding Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson's value heading into the NFL Draft. Evaluators love his size and athleticism, but he also has some mental hurdles to overcome. "Mentally, it's going to be a project," according to one league personnel man. "Running routes, he doesn't know how to do any of that stuff. You may have to keep it simple for him, but this is football. It's not building a super glider or anything." An AFC personnel director added, "Toward the end of the year, they started to go away from running Patterson down the field on routes and gave him the ball on reverses and screens, even as a halfback at times. That starts to put a question mark in your head. Why? Well, there's reasons, and it's just not being as proficient with his route-running and not having the ability to make adjustments during the game."
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:41:41 -0700
The Buffalo Bills could consider taking University of Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but the team has not favored one-year wonders since general manager Buddy Nix has taken over the scouting operation.
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:05:10 -0700
The St. Louis Rams are expected to take a wide receiver with one of their first-round draft choices in the 2013 NFL Draft. The team has met with or will meet with University of California WR Keenan Allen, West Virginia WR Tavon Austin, University of Tennessee WRs Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, Baylor WR Terrance Williams and Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton before the draft.
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:49:52 -0700
The Buffalo Bills are meeting with University of Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson Thursday, April 11.
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:13:48 -0700
University of Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson's NFL draft stock could be falling and he may not be selected in the first round.
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:58:48 -0700
Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson will meet with the New York Jets Wednesday, April 10.
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 12:12:54 -0700
The Buffalo Bills have not conducted a private workout with University of Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
Sat, 06 Apr 2013 12:03:54 -0700
The St. Louis Rams met with University of Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson earlier this week.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:35:09 -0700
Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach Ken O'Keefe has met privately with University of Tennessee WRs Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter.
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:08:24 -0700
The New York Jets, who are attending the Tennessee Pro Day Wednesday, March 20, are very interested in WR Cordarrelle Patterson.