Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was unequivocal Monday when talking about rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The big receiver with big-play potential needs to play more. And he will.
“We’re going to get that rectified,” Frazier said in his regular Monday news conference. “He definitely deserves to be on the field more. He’s shown that in the first few snaps he’s gotten in these first two ballgames. Hopefully, everything being equal, that should be a part of the conversation [this] week.”
The 6-2, 220-pound Patterson got only five offensive snaps in the season opener, catching the only pass thrown his way for a 10-yard gain. Sunday he was in for only six offensive snaps, catching both passes thrown his way for 14 yards. He also returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.
“We want to get him on the field,” Frazier said. “He’s one of our explosive players for sure. … We’ve got to find a way to get him on the field. We’re well aware of his talents.”
Not special enough
Bears return man Devin Hester might be the NFL’s gold standard. But Frazier said that doesn’t excuse what happened Sunday, when Hester broke his franchise record with 249 kickoff return yards.
“We did not do a good job covering kicks, bottom line,” Frazier said. “We thought we had a good game plan. Obviously, it didn’t work. … It’s something we’ll have to take a look at as we get ready for our next opponent.”
The sloppy field prevented Vikings kicker Blair Walsh from being able to plant hard and get enough leg into the ball to kick it through the end zone.’’
Adrian Peterson has gained 193 yards on 44 rushes through two games. But, after running for a 78-yard touchdown on his first carry of the season, Peterson has gained 115 yards on 43 rushes. Frazier was asked to assess Peterson’s progress.
“Really liked how he came on yesterday,” said Frazier, who added the offensive line play improved as the game went on. “Adrian really began to come on.”
Peterson said the surface conditions might have affected Peterson early. “Part of the issues I think he dealt with [Sunday] were trying to hit that home run on every single run,” Frazier said. “And it’s not going to always be the case. But, overall in these first two games, he’s done well. We’ve just got to make sure we get him some holes.”
Top of the list
In his return to action after missing the season opener because of a knee injury, Kevin Williams got his fifth career interception, tying him with Dan Wilkinson for most career interceptions by a defensive tackle.
“I didn’t know it was an NFL record,” Williams said. “I thought it was a Vikings record. So it was news to me this morning when they told me it was an NFL record. That’s pretty cool.’’
The Bears had the ball at the Vikings 1-yard line in the second quarter when Jay Cutler’s pass over the middle was tipped by Everson Griffen at the line, went off a Bears receiver and a Vikings defensive back and into the air before being caught by Williams in the end zone. It was Williams’ first interception since 2007, when he had two. Among the many defensive tackles with four picks is ex-Viking Henry Thomas.
• Christian Ponder’s play improved after he threw an interception that Tim Jennings returned for a touchdown late in the first half. Frazier said he made a point of talking to Ponder after that play. “When I looked in his eyes and he communicated back to me, I felt good about it,” Frazier said. “He went on and he took off. I just wanted to make sure we were putting that play behind us.”
• Frazier said left tackle Matt Kalil showed improvement after a difficult opener against the Lions.
• Frazier said fullback/tight end Rhett Ellison is likely the only player who might not practice Wednesday due to injury. Ellison has a hyperextended knee. Upon further review, center John Sullivan has a calf contusion, not a calf strain as originally feared, which is good news.
• Scott Adams, a guard who played for the Vikings in 1992 and ’93, died Monday in Oconee County near Athens, Ga. The cause of death was not disclosed. He was 46.
Contains information from the Associated Press.