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Continued: Vikings' Patterson ready to start, but hold those Harvin comparisons

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 14, 2013 - 1:13 AM

Patterson downplayed the prospect of becoming a starter.

“They drafted me to play, not ride the bench every snap,” he 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.”

Frazier said the coaching staff has brought Patterson along as quickly as possible, knowing the rookie entered the league fairly raw as a receiver. Patterson said he has made improvement “everywhere,” but it’s clear he doesn’t lack confidence in his ability to make plays.

“Every time I get that ball, I expect something to happen,” he said. “Every time I touch the ball, I feel like I’m gifted and something is going to happen.”

Carroll scouted Patterson before the draft and described him as “extraordinarily talented.”

“Knowing that he’s so young as a football player and that he has such an upside, he would be a really exciting guy to have on your team,” Carroll said. “… I think he’s going to be a centerpiece of their offense as he grows with them. He’s a tremendous threat.”

Sound familiar? Hint: Percy Harvin, a unique talent who puts stress on defenses. Just don’t mention that to Patterson. He’s heard it plenty already.

“I can’t be him,” he said. “I can only be myself. Percy Harvin is a great player, but he’s not here anymore. We can’t worry about what Percy did. We’ve got to let that go and just try and build something new.”



 

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