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Vikings know they have to treat Patterson differently

Cordarrelle Patterson AP

The Vikings know they have a special — albeit raw — talent in Cordarrelle Patterson.

But they’re taking steps on the field and off to try to get the rookie wide receiver up to speed, and up to the potential they see in him.

The first steps are today, when they begin a rookie minicamp. But even in details as small as stationing his locker next to veteran Greg Jennings, they’re doing everything they can to make his transition easier for a player with one year of Division I football under his belt.

“If a player may be a little behind mentally, it’s our job to figure out the best way he learns and it’s our job to put a plan in place on how he’s going to do that,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “The other thing that’s very encouraging that we were very excited about was we felt that, after spending time with [Patterson], the work ethic is there, because if the kid is willing to work at it, then you have a lot better chance of having success.”

Their hope is that they can turn him into the kind of multi-purpose threat they lost when they traded Percy Harvin to the Seahawks.

“They have a tough time getting him on the ground,” Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “Whether they tossed it to him, threw it to him or he was returning kicks, he said it himself — he’s special with the ball in his hands.”

And this weekend, the Vikings will begin plotting how to do just that.

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62 Responses to “Vikings know they have to treat Patterson differently”
  1. lmoneyfresh says: May 3, 2013 11:20 AM

    Can’t wait to see him in action. He can catch up in terms of learning the game but you can’t teach talent and measurables like this kid has.

  2. 4greatestvikingever says: May 3, 2013 11:20 AM

    Bust

  3. rickspielmanisamagicianthebusybody says: May 3, 2013 11:27 AM

    Take all the steps you want, but like my grandpappy used to say “you can’t fix stupid.”

  4. slayisland says: May 3, 2013 11:27 AM

    Lol dude gonna be a straight bust.With that suspect Qb and greg never gonna be healthy enough to stay on the field

  5. josdin00 says: May 3, 2013 11:28 AM

    Considering their recent history at receiver, treating their newest one differently has to be a good thing.

  6. ejmat2 says: May 3, 2013 11:29 AM

    I think the biggest move the Vikes made in the offseason was getting Jennings. He is going to be huge when it comes to mentoring Patterson. Those two and Jarius Wright should be a pretty good trio. Throw in Rudolph and having to key on AP, defenses are going to have a tough time strategizing. The key is, can Ponder actually be the QB they think he can be. If not, then it doesn’t matter who takes the field.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    Any fantasy football player knows most wide receivers take three years before they hit their stride. There are exceptions, but I expect that will be the case with CP84. What’s nice, however, is that his skill set allows him to make a big contribution early through the return game, the long ball, and Harvin-style bubble screens.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2013 11:32 AM

    So they’re treating him differently because he has special needs.

    Sounds like pure genius to me.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: May 3, 2013 11:34 AM

    While they’re in the Green Room, the prospects should be divided into “hat” and “no hat” categories. Once those photos get out on the internet, there is no getting them back.

  10. thejuddstir says: May 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    Homers are going to make stupid posts, that’s a given. Real NFL fans look at the player, team, mgmt, etc. Looking back on previous drafts, I have to give the Vikings kudos for taking chances on players that other teams passed on for various reasons and then hitting paydirt. Randy Moss…..Adrian Peterson…..Percy Harvin to name a few. Patterson is low risk/high reward, it’s not like they drafted him with their only 1st rd draft pick and thus I think they got a steal. Most “experts” think the same but of course homer fans know more than anyone else right, LOL

  11. blackfootkiller says: May 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    Just give him all the highlight video of Percy…
    Then tell him to go do that…
    Then next year at this time you can give him Percy’s highlight video from the 2013 season…
    And tell him…
    ‘If we ever get a real QB, we want you to do that!’
    Simple.

  12. wdnemesis says: May 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    He is not a bust in my mind. He brings talent to the table and if he is willing to take the next step will be entirely up to him. This guy can be a multi threat that can do things even harvin could not do for us. He has elite speed and very difficult to stop. Number one priorities should be routes, catching skills and learning how different it will be from his college year as a football player in the NFL.

  13. purpleguy says: May 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    Well, if he doesn’t get high, suffer from migranes or throw weights at his head coach, that’s a start.

  14. jeter325 says: May 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    I don’t think Randy Moss was a great route runner at any point in his career. Not saying he will be Moss but can we give him a chance? Putting a guy on the field with his ability can open things up in other areas. Let’s give him a few games to see where he is at and how they can use him….and I would guess that Moss wasn’t a member of Mensa either.

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 3, 2013 11:37 AM

    The only real step they need to take is to find a competent QB. Funny that they can’t seem to figure that out.

  16. 13xworldchamps says: May 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    Patterson was a big reach, we’ll see…..Jennings wants to be the Number 1, we’ll see how that works out…..Peterson wants 2500….how many carries will that take?

    Jennings may not be the happy camper you guys think…..

  17. larryboodry says: May 3, 2013 11:41 AM

    “If a player may be a little behind mentally…”

    So what Rick is really saying is, the kid has talent, but he’s dumb as a box of rocks. (And there were scouts at the combine who would agree with that assessment.)

  18. GenXJay says: May 3, 2013 11:42 AM

    “HANDLE WITH CARE!”
    “NO SMOKING WITHIN 50 YARDS!”
    “DANGER!”
    The guy is explosive.

  19. theytukrjobs says: May 3, 2013 11:43 AM

    Since 1998, the Vikings have taken 5 skill position players in the 1st round.

    Moss-Rookie of the year, HOF lock
    All Day-Rookie of the year, HOF lock
    Troy Williamson-Super bust.
    Harvin-Rookie of the year, top end talent today
    Patterson-TBD

    In recent memory, the Vikings have absolutely hit it out of the park with 1st round skill position players on offense. I mean, getting two out of 4 players to be HOF locks and one of them a pro bowl caliber dude who won ROY is simply stellar.

    We’ll see where Patterson falls but he came to the right place if he wants to succeed.

  20. adantsa says: May 3, 2013 11:46 AM

    The GB trolls must have started drinking early. This kid has a world of talent and is perfect for this offense….oh and Moss was a fantastic route runner in his later years.

  21. dirtybird28 says: May 3, 2013 11:48 AM

    When a player is explosive but extremely raw with some red flags, he’s not a first round pick. Plain and simple.

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 3, 2013 11:49 AM

    The one knock against CP84 is that his hat looks dumb when his braids are tucked up under it. Looks like the hat is hovering above his head.

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 3, 2013 11:53 AM

    13xworldchamps says:May 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    Patterson was a big reach, we’ll see
    ________

    Really? I’m a draft rube and saw a lot of mock drafts. None of them had him getting past the first round. Most had him in the top 20.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2013 11:59 AM

    Speilman is once again reminding everyone how he gave birth to 3-13.

  25. mediasloppy says: May 3, 2013 11:59 AM

    I hope he learns and can become Percy or better. One thing I will say is Percy is a straight up stud and I’m stuck with his Jersey. However, one thing Percy had A LOT of problems with is penalties, from being in the wrong spot at the wrong time to the big 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

  26. nzayir says: May 3, 2013 12:11 PM

    The good news for Patterson is that an offense being run by Christian Ponder won’t be very complicated. The Vikings offense is pretty simple you hand the ball to Peterson and hope Ponder doesn’t screw things up.

    This is why the Patriots traded down. You can’t be as football incompetent as Patterson is if you ever want to play with Tom Brady.

  27. whatjusthapped says: May 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    “If the player is a little behind mentally”

    Classic, at least he will have something in common with the Viking fan base although that is hardly a reason to spend a first round draft choice on the guy.

    There is a reason Spielman was fired from his last job, he sucked at drafting players. Talk about potential all you want, this guy will be lucky to catch 25 passes this year and that’s assuming he doesn’t run a route longer than 20 yards but Lord knows , Ponder can’t throw the ball that far.

  28. otis52gsh says: May 3, 2013 12:28 PM

    Jennings can teach him how to miss 3/4 of the year with injuries.

  29. mrlaloosh says: May 3, 2013 12:38 PM

    This guy has Charles Rogers ability. Physical freak but mental midget.

  30. seals1 says: May 3, 2013 12:50 PM

    Nobody knows anything about this guy but every tool on this sight knows what is going to happen with him. Bust- Please

    Great Pick Vikes- Everything I’ve seen on tape shows this kid is a special talent.

    If they can’t catch you in the SEC they can’t catch you in NFL. This is one conference that the speed translates.

    Another outstanding draft by the vikes and the green bay fanatics that troll the Viking threads are scared,,,,,,,,,you can hear it in them.

  31. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 3, 2013 12:54 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:May 3, 2013 11:59 AM

    Speilman is once again reminding everyone how he gave birth to 3-13.
    _____

    I think you’re confusing Spielman (notice the spelling) with Brad Childress and Brett Favre. Spielman became the GM after 3-13 and immediately turned it into 10-6, along with Leslie Frazier. Looks pretty good so far.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2013 12:57 PM

    whatjusthapped says: May 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    “If the player is a little behind mentally” – Rick Spieldope

    ***********************************************

    Another embarrassing moment in Viking history, brought to you by Rick Spieldope.

  33. tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2013 12:58 PM

    Bust.

  34. prideof10000lakes says: May 3, 2013 1:02 PM

    otis52gsh says:
    May 3, 2013 12:28 PM
    Jennings can teach him how to miss 3/4 of the year with injuries.

    —————

    Jordy Nelson’s hamstring.

  35. ezwriter69 says: May 3, 2013 1:10 PM

    “…he’s special with the ball in his hands.”
    The problem being, he doesn’t CATCH with his hands, EVER… and as an old coach of mine used to scream, “You can’t catch a football with your tits, numbnuts, try your hands next time.” You can’t play WR in the NFL if you trap every ball with your chest, it just does not work… he may be a fine return man, but he’ll never be a WR.

  36. oldlineman says: May 3, 2013 1:13 PM

    OK, Cordarrelle pulls an 11 on the Wonderlic. Titans Justin Hunter a 12.
    Lions Darius Slay a 10.
    Jets Sheldon Richardson a 9
    Rams Tavon Austin an amazing 7.
    None of these guys will be working at the Mayo Clinic. Or playing QB. Bring them along slow, hard work and lots of reps, all will be OK.

  37. lks311 says: May 3, 2013 1:40 PM

    No matter what happens, this is going to be entertaining.

  38. 27xplayoffs says: May 3, 2013 1:43 PM

    Seems like a weird thing for a GM to say. I guess I’d like to know the context, did the reporter say “Patterson is really dumb, how are you going to work with that?” Otherwise, I think I would have just focused on how good a football player he was, how phsyically gifted he was, and how he’ll need to learn the offense just like all the other rookies. Kind of weird to say, this guy is so dumb, we’re going to have to devote a WHOLE lot of resources to getting him up to speed….even if it’s true, I’m not sure I would have said it out loud. To a reporter.

  39. souppyy says: May 3, 2013 1:48 PM

    The difference is with any WR threat at all it take defenders from the line of scrimmage and increases the yards/carry for the best RB in football–AP. CP will be asked to do nothing more than catch bubble screens, take reverse handoffs, and run go routes to pull defenders. In the former two expectations he will rely on his physical abilities (and he has a ton) to make plays, not much smarts is needed for that. In the last option (go routes) he will need to only rely on his speed. If he pulls any double coverage that leaves the middle of the field open for Jennings, Wright, and Rudolph,…not to mention AP out of the backfield. The Vikings know exactly how they are going to use CP, and that focuses on his athletic ability, just like they would have used Tavon since they considered trading up for him as well. All that and we haven’t even discussed the benefit CP will have on special teams…..in fact, I predict he will put the special in special teams!!

  40. shaggytoodle says: May 3, 2013 2:45 PM

    “If a player may be a little behind mentally, it’s our job to figure out the best way he learns and it’s our job to put a plan in place on how he’s going to do that,”
    _____

    The other option is to not trade a bunch of picks to get him. They had other WRs that would’ve been a better fit.

    I have a hard time seeing the value in trading your 2nd best weapon, to get picks, to draft a guy that you hope to be as good, as Harvin.

    He did it for 1 season at Tenn. Don’t you think if your just going to look at one season for a player, his teammate Justin Hunter has more size and almost 30 more receptions, they should have taken that into consideration.

  41. jonstump says: May 3, 2013 3:03 PM

    3xworldchamps says: May 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    “Peterson wants 2500….how many carries will that take?”

    Answer: 26 carries from their own 4 yard line!!

  42. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 3, 2013 3:39 PM

    It’s a boom or bust pick. He has amazing physical talent; now we see if he gets it. You don’t win championships unless you’re willing to take a risk to get a guy who could be a huge difference maker.

  43. 7ransponder says: May 3, 2013 3:41 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    May 3, 2013 2:45 PM
    “If a player may be a little behind mentally, it’s our job to figure out the best way he learns and it’s our job to put a plan in place on how he’s going to do that,”
    _____

    The other option is to not trade a bunch of picks to get him. They had other WRs that would’ve been a better fit.

    I have a hard time seeing the value in trading your 2nd best weapon, to get picks, to draft a guy that you hope to be as good, as Harvin.

    ——————————

    You’re blinded by homerism then. Harvin wanted out, this is a well known fact that you of all people should know because you post on every Vikings story here.

    Since you need it laid out, here you go. Instead of keeping a volatile player on the roster for another season (and possibly risk him holding out) and letting him go to free agency, they got value for him before that, something a smart GM would do. they then used that value to get the player they wanted to fill a hole while also still having enough picks to also fill other holes.

    Got it? Now go back to the bar, your order of fried cheese curds is up.

  44. shaggytoodle says: May 3, 2013 5:17 PM

    You’re blinded by homerism then. Harvin wanted out, this is a well known fact that you of all people should know because you post on every Vikings story here.

    Since you need it laid out, here you go. Instead of keeping a volatile player on the roster for another season (and possibly risk him holding out) and letting him go to free agency, they got value for him before that, something a smart GM would do. they then used that value to get the player they wanted to fill a hole while also still having enough picks to also fill other holes.

    Got it? Now go back to the bar, your order of fried cheese curds is up.
    _______

    A smarter GM wouldn’t draft a guy like Harvin with red flags out of college, in the 1st round.

    Then you don’t need to trade him before his rookie contract is up?

  45. arrowtoyourknee says: May 3, 2013 5:23 PM

    Really excited to see what this guy can do once he gets on the field. With Jennings, Wright, Rudoph, and him lined up, with Peterson in the backfield… I would hate to have to play against the Purple this season..
    Sure, Ponder can’t bomb the ball 100 yards down the field, but who cares if he can keep the chains moving. He CAN throw the deep ball (I’ll be the first to say it’s not his strong point.) if need be, I’m pretty sure Green Bay played witness to that with Wright last year.

  46. lnfinite says: May 3, 2013 6:26 PM

    Publish a Viking story and then watch the olive and mustard dolts flock in to post like a moth to a flame. CP84 just has to catch footballs and score touchdowns. With talent like his, it’s no wonder the NFC North rivals are concerned.

  47. tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2013 8:14 PM

    Purple is a girl’s color.

    Football is a man’s sport.

    No wonder the Vikings fail.

  48. johnk87 says: May 3, 2013 8:14 PM

    It’s a good pick. He’s raw but has lots of talent and is an amazing open field runner- I was giggling like a schoolgirl after the draft watching his highlights. Those included, by the way, a number of catches that were not on his chest.

    He doesn’t have a lot of experience with high level football, and that’s where the study, coaching and mentoring comes in. It’s not rocket science, it’s learning how to run good routes and recognize defenses. He’ll contribute immediately as a return man. His size and speed will make him a YAC machine, even with Ponder throwing to him.

    I expect him to get 5 TD’s (1 return), 700 yards receiving. Not bad for a rookie.

    Spielman got three impact players and starters at key positions. Nice recovery after the losses this offseason, including fleecing Seattle on the Harvin trade.

  49. tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2013 8:17 PM

    lnfinite says:
    May 3, 2013 6:26 PM
    Publish a Viking story and then watch the olive and mustard dolts flock in to post like a moth to a flame. CP84 just has to catch footballs and score touchdowns. With talent like his, it’s no wonder the NFC North rivals are concerned.

    —-

    I remember kindergarten. I could dish it out but couldn’t take it at that point.

    Thank God I was able to move up the education ladder past grade school, middle school, high school, and college.

    Pity you haven’t.

  50. 28for20 says: May 3, 2013 8:56 PM

    Packer fans know, and they are scared! 20 more years of futility for them! Just plain ol’ fun to watch those loosers cry!

  51. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2013 9:44 PM

    lnfinite says: May 3, 2013 6:26 PM

    Publish a Viking story…….

    ***********************************************

    Hey, aren’t you that moron that can’t tell the difference between facts and logic?

    Hilarious!

  52. Norseman says: May 3, 2013 10:37 PM

    If Patterson makes the jump from the SEC to the NFL as well as he did the jump from junior college to the SEC, he’ll be outstanding his first year.

    He’s loaded with talent and big-play ability, and at 6′ 2″, 215 and sub 4.4 speed, has all the tools you can’t coach to be a star in this league.

    He knows he has a lot to learn, and has set out to work hard and do it. He wants to be coached, and has one of the best in the business with George Stewart, along with a top veteran in Greg Jennings to show him the ropes.

    Pretty high ceiling for CP if he’s willing to put in the work to realize it.

  53. overdwayneboweshead says: May 3, 2013 11:15 PM

    So tired of all the ponder haters. Let’s get some facts straight, in terms of arm strength if you consider Aaron Rodgers the standard than %75 of starting NFL qb’s have weak arms, Ponder’ first career pass was a 72 yard play action pass to Michael Jenkins, not too bad if you ask me. Further more, he is only in his 3rd season in the NFL, only his SECOND as the week 1 starter, so maybe a little patience could be expected, look at Eli Mannings numbers to start his career. Also, before Harvin got hurt last year he led NFL in receptions and close to top in receiving yards, so obviously Ponder was doing something right. If anyone can sit here and bash Ponder, you are well within your rights as an American citizen to abuse your right to freedom of speech, but I stand by the fact that you do not understand the sport of football at all, and are better off posting on tennis blogs, or some other place where I won’t be subject to your ignorance. Give him a chance, if he sucks this year, then he deserves it, but he hasn’t deserved all of the criticism he has received thus far…..

  54. shaggytoodle says: May 4, 2013 12:09 AM

    I don’t get is why Patterson is suppose to make Vikings better than last year.

    Jennings will, but replacing Harvin with a similar less experienced player needing to learn the system, doesn’t make sense to me. All I have said was there were better options, which I still believe.

    I shouldn’t be surprised though, Minn. fans got “shiny new toys,” and your all excited, like most toddlers, that shout out love of their new toy.

    Instead try responding in a thoughtful manner, which then, I might be able to understand the reasoning of all this Patterson hype.

  55. gbmickey says: May 4, 2013 1:25 AM

    Spielman the magician you actually said “you don’t win championships unless you are willing to take a risk to get a guy” I have one question for you. Are you really a Packer fan because only a fan of a team that won a championship is qualified to make a statement like that.

  56. filthymcnasty1 says: May 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Patterson got an 11 on the Wonderlic, so he should blend right in to the community up there.

  57. Norseman says: May 4, 2013 1:07 PM

    Patterson off to a good start in mini-camp:

    From StarTribune:

    Give ‘CP’ an early ‘A’ for his study habits

    It’s early. Real early. But we’ve learned that receiver Cordarrelle Patterson appears motivated off the field to disprove the popular notion that he might lack the learning capacity to grasp an NFL playbook quickly enough to start immediately.

    Patterson, this year’s 29th pick, said he spent about two hours studying his playbook the night before rookie minicamp started. He then woke up early Friday and brushed up on his duties as the ‘X’ receiver in the roughly 20 pass plays that would be run that day.

    “They’re just seeing how much we can learn by throwing it at us this quick,” Patterson said. “But it’s not what I expected. I’m getting it faster than I thought I would.”

    Even Patterson admitted that could change after one practice. But he doesn’t envision falling behind the normal NFL learning curve. Not with the special attention he’s getting from receivers coach George Stewart.

    “I really don’t think it’s going to take that long,” Patterson said. “Coach Stewart has already said he and I are going to have a lot of sessions. So he’ll make sure I know everything. We’re going to spend extra time. I know everything is going to be good.”

  58. Norseman says: May 4, 2013 1:16 PM

    These Packer trolls are hilarious. Each one of them has about 10 posts on how bad Patterson is, what a bad decision it was, he’s a bust, etc.

    And you know damn well if the Packers had drafted him, they’d be singing his praises from the rooftops, and what a genius TT is for drafting him, etc.

    Truth is, not much positive happening in Packerland this off-season, so its more fun to troll the Vikings posts than watch the Packers front office shuffle their mediocre players around and come up short acquiring anybody descent.

  59. tokyosandblaster says: May 4, 2013 1:53 PM

    When you’re clearly the best team in the division, you don’t need to do much in the offseason. Just get healthy, draft some depth and new weapons, and you’ll remain on top.

    I don’t see you making fun of Viking trolls on Packer posts.

    Odd.

  60. filthymcnasty1 says: May 4, 2013 3:02 PM

    It’s good to see Patterson acclimating to his new surroundings. Maybe he could adopt some of the local customs, like beating up his girlfriend.

  61. lnfinite says: May 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2013 8:17 PM

    lnfinite says:
    May 3, 2013 6:26 PM
    Publish a Viking story and then watch the olive and mustard dolts flock in to post like a moth to a flame. CP84 just has to catch footballs and score touchdowns. With talent like his, it’s no wonder the NFC North rivals are concerned.

    —-

    I remember kindergarten. I could dish it out but couldn’t take it at that point.

    Thank God I was able to move up the education ladder past grade school, middle school, high school, and college.

    Pity you haven’t.

    ————————————————–

    A couple Packer fans stopped talking about football and resorted to personal insults. A sure sign a nerve was struck. Keep on spamming the same old junk you do and the rest of the fans here will keep laughing at your immaturity.

    CP84, Floyd, Rhodes along with other free agents improved the Vikings. The Lions and Bears also improved their teams leaving the Packers look like their standing still but you still crow.

    Laughable

  62. inyofaceagain says: May 5, 2013 1:59 PM

    I love watching these Packer trolls get all concerned about the Vikings and start the hating.
    Can’t wait to see Adrian run for 500 and 4 TDs against the Pack. Bet CP has a field day against that bummy Packers D. Keep up the hate Packer trolls, your time is up, nowhere to hide!

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