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.
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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.