Hartman: Patterson mum on Vikings' offensive game plan

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 26, 2014 - 11:22 PM

Wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson is one of the Vikings players who could really benefit this season under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who always has made good use of big-play receivers in his offenses.

Patterson was asked what he has learned from Turner so far this offseason.

“He has taught me a lot of things,” said Patterson, one of the Vikings’ three first-round draft picks last year. “He really doesn’t want us talking about it, but he has taught me a lot of things since Day 1 when he got here. You know, I continue to talk to him before practice, and he’s a great guy.”

Clearly, the Vikings offense will be different this year with a new coaching staff, but Patterson hesitated to go into specifics.

“There’s nothing for me to talk about, to talk about the offense [specifically], but it’s different,” Patterson said. “As a player we see different things but you know not to talk about.

“It should be different. Different plays and everything is different from last year, it should be different.”

One thing that Patterson was open about is his hope that Turner’s play-calling features a few more deep routes than Patterson got to run last year with Leslie Frazier as coach and Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

“I hope so! I hope I get a lot of deep balls,” Patterson said.

Last season, Patterson finished with 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. He had 12 carries for 158 yards (13.2 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. And he had 43 kick returns for 1,393 yards and two touchdowns, including an NFL record 109-yard return against the Packers.

Patterson was named to the Pro Bowl and to the Associated Press All-Pro first team as a kick returner.

He was asked if he felt before the 2013 season started if he would be so successful as a rookie.

“No, not really. You know just coming in and working hard and the hard work paid off,” Patterson said. “I didn’t get that much playing time like I expected to get at the beginning of the season, but at the end of the year it kind of blew up a little bit.”

He added that one thing he was confident about early on was being the team’s kick returner.

“I’ve been returning kicks my whole life, so coming into the NFL that was something I wanted to do,” he said. “So you know I got an opportunity to do that and it was a blessing.”

Patterson said that making the Pro Bowl in Hawaii as a rookie was a great achievement, but he wants to do it differently this season.

“Oh that was great, making the Pro Bowl,” Patterson said. “It was fun and I had a great experience and hopefully next year I can go as a wide receiver.”

Asked if he thinks that opposing defenses are going to come at him differently as a second-year pro after the success he had in his rookie campaign, Patterson said: “Oh it’s going to be different defenses every week we go in and play. They can’t worry about one guy, we have a lot of threats on our offense. If you focus in on one guy, other guys will be open.”

Coach K on Love

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cleveland 45 3rd Qtr
Indiana 51
Washington 42 2nd Qtr 0:06
Philadelphia 47
Golden State 27 2nd Qtr
Toronto 11
New York 23 2nd Qtr 10:32
Detroit 32
Orlando 16 2nd Qtr 11:41
Atlanta 28
Charlotte 26 2nd Qtr 8:57
Boston 31
LA Clippers 7:00 PM
Memphis
Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Houston
Miami 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Chicago
Utah 8:00 PM
Denver
San Antonio 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Portland
Boston 1 2nd Prd 12:01
New Jersey 0
Calgary 0 2nd Prd 14:10
NY Islanders 1
Washington 0 2nd Prd 18:07
Carolina 1
Chicago 0 1st Prd 4:27
Tampa Bay 0
Colorado 7:30 PM
Dallas
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Siena 58 2nd Half 1:58
Quinnipiac 73
Harvard 39 2nd Half 5:00
Cornell 42
Penn 30 2nd Half 18:03
Brown 44
Fairfield 34 2nd Half
Canisius 34
Manhattan 35 2nd Half
Iona 41
Saint Peters 25 2nd Half
Marist 43
Princeton 35 2nd Half
Yale 32
Ohio 0 1st Half 20:00
Akron 0
Dartmouth 7:00 PM
Columbia
Valparaiso 9:00 PM
Cleveland State
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 50 2nd Half 15:54
Xavier 31
Cornell 27 2nd Half
Harvard 23
Yale 18 2nd Half 18:15
(14) Princeton 40
Elon 27 2nd Half 15:28
Drexel 35
Northeastern 25 2nd Half
James Madison 36
St Johns 30 2nd Half 20:00
Butler 19
Creighton 45 2nd Half 15:19
Georgetown 38
Brown 27 2nd Half
Penn 36
Columbia 18 2nd Half
Dartmouth 28
Canisius 24 2nd Half
Siena 23
St Josephs Brooklyn 17 1st Half 0:45
NJIT 30
Western Carolina 45 2nd Half
UNC Greensboro 33
Colorado 7 1st Half 16:15
Arizona 3
Southern Ill 7:00 PM
Bradley
Drake 0 1st Half 20:00
Wichita State 0
Indiana State 0 1st Half 16:16
Evansville 8
Illinois State 7:05 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Northern Iowa 7:05 PM
Missouri State
Utah 7:30 PM
(10) Arizona State
Providence 7:30 PM
Villanova

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close