Patterson turning into one of NFL's top offensive rookies

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 10:31 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson has entered the conversation for top NFL offensive rookie.

 

The streak of quarterbacks or Vikings winning the Associated Press’ NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award stands at seven. The quarterbacks this season are out of the running, but there is a Viking who knows his candidacy is gaining momentum by the week.

“It’s not my thing to tell people to vote for me, but at the end of the day, they should vote for me because I’m the best rookie out there,” Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said. “I got the best smile, I’m the handsomest rookie, I do things the right way. But, for real, I’d like to win it. It would be amazing. But I really don’t know where I stand because I’ve seen a lot of great rookies.”

Patterson’s standing has improved even as his team’s record has slumped to 3-9-1. He thinks the record will hurt him, but what he doesn’t know is two of the past three rookies of the year on both sides of the ball have played for losing teams.

“Cordarrelle has to be mentioned in the conversation when you talk about rookie of the year,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “He’s really coming on strong. And his best football is still ahead of him, even this season.”

Patterson’s momentum figures to increase as he becomes an even more prominent focal point in an offense that’s expected to be without injured running back Adrian Peterson for Sunday’s game against the Eagles at Mall of America Field.

Five Vikings, all offensive players, have won AP Rookie of the Year: running back Chuck Foreman (1973), receiver Sammy White (1976), receiver Randy Moss (1998), Peterson (2007) and receiver Percy Harvin (2009). The latter two are the only non-quarterbacks to win since 2005.

Patterson would be the eighth receiver overall and the fourth Vikings receiver to win the award since it began in 1967. But there’s much more to Patterson’s campaign platform than just playing receiver. For example, he:

• Leads the NFL in kickoff return average (33.3). Second-best is 30.6. No other rookie leads the league in any major statistical category.

• Leads the NFL in kickoff return touchdowns (two), including an NFL-record 109-yarder.

• Has the NFL’s two longest scoring plays: the 109-yarder and a 105-yard return that’s tied for second place.

• Is one of only two rookies, along with Rams receiver Tavon Austin, to score three different ways this season. Patterson has two touchdowns on kick returns, two on receptions and one on a 33-yard run from the tailback position.

• Ranks No. 2 in the league in all-purpose yardage. With 1,629 yards (1,199 returning, 395 receiving, 35 rushing), Patterson trails Eagles running back LeSean McCoy by only 115 yards heading into Sunday’s matchup.

Now here are three other front-runners (stats through Week 14):

• Receiver Keenan Allen, Chargers: The eighth receiver drafted, Allen leads all rookies in catches (61) and yards receiving (902) through 13 games. He also has five touchdowns.

• Running back Eddie Lacy, Packers: His production has dipped with Aaron Rodgers out the past six games. But the top rookie running back statistically ranks ninth in rushing (887), 17th in yards from scrimmage (1,093) and is tied for 28th in scoring (seven touchdowns).

• Running back Giovani Bernard, Bengals: He ranks 22nd in rushing with 620 yards, but has a 4.7-yard average to go along with 47 receptions for 403 yards. He also is tied with Lacy as the top scoring rookie with seven touchdowns (four rushing, three receiving).

For Patterson to win the award, he’ll need to keep reaching the end zone. If he gets there, watch for what’s becoming one of the league’s more unorthodox touchdown celebrations.

It started at the University of Tennessee, when Patterson would sometimes exchange high- or low-fives with the nearest official.

“I like to have a lot of fun,” Patterson said. “If I score a touchdown and the referee is right there, and he needs a little love, I’m going to give him a little love because they don’t get that much love.”

Sometimes, it takes a while before the official obliges.

“On my rushing touchdown against Chicago, I put my hand out and he denied me at first,” Patterson said. “But I wasn’t going nowhere unless he shook my hand. So I kept going back to him until he gave me a handshake.”

Patterson turned to an official again last week after his last-minute 79-yard touchdown reception.

“In Baltimore, I just gave the guy a little friendly hug,” Patterson said. “Then I got out of the way so he didn’t throw a flag on me. Just having fun, man.”

  • related content

  • Video: Access Vikings: Could Patterson win rookie of the year?

    Friday December 13, 2013

    Star Tribune reporters Mark Craig and Chip Scoggins discuss Sunday's game against the Eagles and whether wide receiver Cordarrelle...

  • Hartman: Last-minute losses, wrist bother Greenway

    Friday December 13, 2013

    The linebacker and former Iowa star still leads the Vikings in tackles despite playing with an injury.

  • Vikings notes: Eagles' McCoy poses trouble for defense

    Thursday December 12, 2013

    LeSean McCoy set a franchise record with 217 yards rushing against Detroit last Sunday.

  • Vikings changing up 'mortar kick' after Jacoby Jones' TD

    Thursday December 12, 2013

    Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said the team will change up its alignment on mortar kicks after allowing a 77-yard touchdown to Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones on Sunday.

  • Vikings announce all-Metrodome team

    Thursday December 12, 2013

    Fan voting chooses all-Metrodome team

  • Cordarrelle Patterson broke free for a 79 yard TD run in the 4th quart...

  • Cordarrelle Patterson broke free for a 79-yard touchdown reception last weekend in Baltimore.

  • One of Cordarrelle Patterson’s five touchdowns came on a 33-yard run against the Bears. He also has two TD catches and two returns for TDs.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Houston 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 6:00 PM
Cleveland
New Orleans 6:00 PM
Washington
Milwaukee 6:30 PM
New York
Philadelphia 6:30 PM
Brooklyn
Charlotte 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Sacramento 7:30 PM
San Antonio
Memphis 7:30 PM
Dallas
Tampa Bay 8:30 PM
Edmonton
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Louisiana
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Ottawa 6 FINAL
Hamilton 16
Montreal 20 FINAL
Toronto 12
Calgary 33 FINAL
Winnipeg 23
Edmonton 24 FINAL
Saskatchewan 19
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close