Patterson, Hopkins make quick impact for Vikings, Texans

AP

The Vikings have used four first-round picks in the past 15 years on receivers.  Two ended up winning the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award.  The other one, well, didn’t.

The law of averages would suggest that 2013 first-rounder Cordarrelle Patterson will end up closer to 2005 top-10 bust Troy Williamson than 1998 phenom Randy Moss and 2009 standout Percy Harvin.

Patterson’s first preseason performance suggests otherwise.

He took the opening kickoff 50 yards, nearly breaking it for a touchdown.  He then added four catches for 52 yards.

“He’s really looked pretty good out there running routes and catching balls,” coach Leslie Frazier told Greg Coleman of the Vikings Radio Network after halftime.  “That kickoff was pretty nice as well, so he’s off to a good start.”

Also getting off to a good start was the second first-round receiver taken by the Texans in franchise history, DeAndre Hopkins.  He caught four passes for 52 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown.

Receivers have a fairly high bust rate in the first round, and there’s a long way to go before Patterson or Hopkins can be assessed at the NFL level.  For both, their starts weren’t discouraging.

43 responses to “Patterson, Hopkins make quick impact for Vikings, Texans

  1. The Vikings jerseys look cool and much better than the ones the last couple years. But why doesn’t the helmet match? The shades of purple are too far off.

  2. Floyd and Patterson looked good, both making some nice plays. Punter Locke with 2 punts inside the 10, nice upgrade over Kluwe. Wasn’t all that impressed with Mauti, doesn’t look like his knee is fully healed, he had a nice goal line stop at line of scrimmage, but he looked a bit slow and hesitant. Might be a good practice squad guy. Oh, and we need a different starting QB.

  3. Cordarelle Patterson is going to make every team the passed on him regret it in the near future, Not only does he have great kick return skills, but also above-average hands and top end WR speed, expect him to be the number #2 WR on the roster by week 3..

  4. I said it when we drafted this guy, he is a difference maker, I just cant explain it enough how defenses are able to cover Him (cordarelle patterson), kyle rudolph, greg jennings and adrian peterson. Thats not including Jarius Wright, Jerome Simpson, and John Carlson. Good Job Cordarelle, keep it up, we’re rooting for ya

  5. I said it when we drafted this guy, he is a difference maker, I just cant explain it enough how defenses are able to cover Him (cordarelle patterson), kyle rudolph, greg jennings and adrian peterson. Thats not including Jarius Wright, Jerome Simpson, and John Carlson. Good Job Cordarelle, keep it up, we’re rooting for ya!

  6. I love it when Florio and Co. build up preseason highlights….It’s the equivalent of listening to the home team’s commentator at training camp after a big play. These games are no more than a glorified practice, Viking’s fans are the most naive fans in all of sports!

    unbiasfan had 1 too many tonight…….LOL “Not only does he have great kick return skills, but also above-average hands and top end WR speed”

    All of the above because of 1 pre season game performance……yea, ok sure pal.

  7. jhein23 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 9:51 PM
    But why doesn’t the helmet match? The shades of purple are too far off.
    ————————

    They’re the exact same color, but look different when put on different surfaces. It *looks* off… which is just as bad IMO.

  8. First off, Cordarrelle needs his own column, not one that’s shared with some Joe I’ve never heard of named Hopkins.

    No we don’t need a new starting QB, unless you want to rate his performance off of two snaps, one perfectly thrown pass that bounced off the hands of a piece of crap reciever??

    Speaking of Jerome Simpson, I hope the Vikings will do the right thing and replace him with my boy Cordarrelle. Because he’s gonna do some beautiful things.

  9. @jhein:

    I’m surprised you or all the people who have liked your post haven’t noticed this has been true with most teams that wear dark colors (green, blue, and purple) and have the same color hats forever because the gloss of the helmets makes the colors look different and darker. Other teams who’s helmets are slightly different colors than their jerseys are especially the bears, eagles, rams, and redskins. All their jerseys are lighter than their helmets due to the material difference.

  10. Anybody notice all the empty seats there? Pathetic. Move them to Los Angeles where they’ll actually get real fan support. They’re not getting it in Minnesota, worst fans in the NFL.

  11. Cordarrelle Patterson has that look about him, where you can tell he’s just bigger, faster, and more athletic than the guys he’s playing against. Everyone expected him to take a while before he would make an impact, but I think he’s going to be a major playmaker this year and just keep getting better. He can run all the routes, he has great hands, and he has moves.

    Also, Stephen Burton looks different than he looked last year. More confident and athletic. I don’t think Jerome Simpson is a lock to make this team.

  12. Thank goodness we have a “noodle arm Ponder” comment from filthy. Dude obviously has a ton of time on his hands, especially in that trailer park infested rat trap that is Wisconsin….you’d think he could come up something new.

  13. the color tones of helmet & jersey bother me too. But then, if I had my way, they would would be wearing retro jerseys from the ’70s

  14. yes, filthymcnasty.
    Ultimately, it would be hard to argue that Ponder is better than ShAaron. since that is what you’re hidden agenda is directed.
    But, this is a team sport. And if Flash makes the team better that means everyone is better.

  15. This is where you post after a Packer drubbing . . . Right?
    Carl?
    Sand?
    Filth?

    We stunk it up right?

  16. I wouldnt talk packqueen at least the vikings scored some points, what did the pack do nothing no points ha ha ha. I dont care its preseason game.

  17. The 1st and 2nd-string WRs, O-line, DBs and D-line looked good — the LBs and pretty much all the 3rd and 4th stringers did not. Not that Ponder is the next-best thing since sliced bread or anything, but Simpson screwed up on that INT as much as Ponder did.

  18. all these packers fans already on ponder for 1/2 15 yards and a int lol. he threw a nice pass in a good location but Simpson just didn’t make the play he should have. on the brighter side ponder looked to have zip behind those passes he threw and they seemed accurate. also CP ‘Flash’ looked amazing he was running solid but not great routes he seemed to have good hands except the one pass he dropped but really should have made and was hard to bring down also he kick return was great. Floyd was great batting done a pass and making a tackle for loss and was disrupting the middle on the line which will open lanes for Allen and Robison in regular season. I would like to see the corners and safeties make more plays but eh u can’t make a play every game. cassel started poor but looked great passing for 212 yards and td and pick. the int was on him but he seemed to be able to handle it which is great because if ponder is hurt or just doesn’t progress we have a nice option to replace him and can hopefully push ponder to get over that hump I liked the players we had out there thought and hopefully Rhodes is back next game and we will get to see the offense with Peterson ponder Jennings CP the starting line Rudolph and the defense with Rhodes and Floyd out there for a quarter and get a peek at what our team might really look like

  19. I have to admit that Novakid89 is right. If the Mini offense comes out with Patterson, Rudolph, Jennings, Peterson, Wright, Simpson and Carlson at the same time, defenses aren’t going to be sure what to do. Not to mention Joe Webb!

  20. GenXJay says:
    Aug 10, 2013 8:39 AM
    yes, filthymcnasty.
    Ultimately, it would be hard to argue that Ponder is better than ShAaron. since that is what you’re hidden agenda is directed.
    But, this is a team sport. And if Flash makes the team better that means everyone is better.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————— here is some brilliance! (but this is a team sport) and if flash makes the team better than that means everyone is better??? umm you contradicted yourself a bit there. and yes ponder couldn’t hold aaron’s clipboard. as a packers fan i believe the viking’s have added a few nice pieces and are a better team. however the viking fan’s act on this site like they have already won the division and superbowl. i can’t wait for reality to set in.

  21. What is exciting about Patterson’s debut is that he did his 54 yards of damage doing the things that critics said he couldn’t do.

    Patterson is supposedly this gadget play and vertical speed guy who lacks the route running and hands to work other parts of the field. But he did all his damage on more possession style routes, shielding defenders with his big body and creating separation with sudden moves.

    He looked really good. Granted it was against backups, but rookie WR’s don’t always look good against anyone their first year. Promising start.

  22. During the game there was a Christian Ponder interview and was asked why he didnt play longer and he said that “there were other guys that needed the snaps.” And what? You DONT?

  23. I thought Patterson looked good. Especially on that opening kickoff. That may have been more of the Texans ineptitude in special teams than Patterson exceptionalism but he looked good either way.

    I thought though, Hopkins stole the show. That TD grab was Larry Fitzgeraldesque… He had no right to that ball and he just went up and took it from the CB… I thought it was a questionable call though that it was a catch after the CB dislodged it on the ground, but could have gone either way.

    Cierre Wood was definitely the more patient runner. Dennis Johnson just wouldn’t wait for lanes to develop, and constantly got taken down at the line.

    Can’t wait to see the big guys with a little more time this week, especially against a pretty good Miami D.

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