Cordarrelle Patterson

Say what you will about Pat Shurmur and his Wildcat offense, reverses and gimmicks. He is squeezing all he can out of the Vikings offense and the result has been a number of explosive plays.

Cordarrelle Patterson was responsible for one such play on Thursday against the Detroit Lions. Patterson, at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, has the size, speed and athleticism to be an open-field threat and tough in traffic.

That was on display when he broke a 22-yard run off a double reverse in the third quarter. Sam Bradford took the snap under center and faked a handoff before giving the ball to Adam Thielen. Thielen pitched it in the backfield to Patterson, who’d lined up wide right.

From there, it was Patterson doing all of the things he does best — using the same attributes that allow him to be one of the most dangerous kickoff returners in the NFL.

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