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Vikings' Bill Musgrave explains Sunday's Patterson pass play

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings Updated: December 19, 2013 - 2:20 PM

The Vikings have tried to use dynamic wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in different ways over the last few weeks. He took a snap at running back in Sunday’s win over the Eagles and nearly attempted a pass on an end-around trickery called by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

With 2:40 left in the first half up 10-6, Musgrave called the trick play but Patterson tucked it and scrambled 12 yards for the first down.

“He throws it pretty well,” Musgrave said. “He missed every one of them in practice last week so we were thinking that was going to be a good omen for game day. But he didn’t get it launched.”

When asked why Musgrave called the play if it wasn’t successful at practice, “Well, you’ve got to take a chance at times,” Musgrave said.

Even if Patterson failed to complete the pass every single time in practice?

“Evidently,” Musgrave responded.

If you were wondering why you didn’t see Patterson attempt the pass, both his options were well covered. Fortunately for Musgrave, Patterson didn’t try to force the pass and picked up a nice gain on the drive that ended in a touchdown.

 
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