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Patterson, Hopkins make quick impact for Vikings, Texans

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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.

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43 Responses to “Patterson, Hopkins make quick impact for Vikings, Texans”
  1. jhein23 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:51 PM

    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. gdeli says: Aug 9, 2013 9:54 PM

    B+ for Patterson. Want to see more!

  3. axespray says: Aug 9, 2013 10:12 PM

    hate to say it, but some of the vikes young wideouts are looking good….

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:26 PM

    It may take a while to figure out if Patterson can play because he’s got that noodle armed Ponder chick throwing him the ball.

  5. banlarson says: Aug 9, 2013 10:33 PM

    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.

  6. clarkisgod says: Aug 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    I’ve been hyping up Hopkins all off-season. This kid is for real!

  7. clongthen says: Aug 9, 2013 10:44 PM

    Percy who?

  8. unbiasfan says: Aug 9, 2013 10:48 PM

    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..

  9. elliottcovert says: Aug 9, 2013 10:56 PM

    The Law of Averages is actually not true, as any statistics buff will tell you.

  10. kcflake says: Aug 9, 2013 11:16 PM

    Hopkins pooped on the floor in a hotel room.

  11. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Aug 9, 2013 11:23 PM

    Vikings helmets are sweet

  12. novakid89 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:26 PM

    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

  13. novakid89 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:26 PM

    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!

  14. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:32 PM

    So Ponder got yanked after 2 throws?

    And one of them was a pick?

  15. ososrule says: Aug 9, 2013 11:53 PM

    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.

  16. squared80 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:54 PM

    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.

  17. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 9, 2013 11:59 PM

    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.

  18. toddm6d says: Aug 10, 2013 12:03 AM

    That Line kids 61 yard scamper for TD deserves its own article simply because no one’s ever heard of him.

  19. jcbadger34 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:09 AM

    Christian Ponder – 1 of 2, 15 yards, 1 INT.

    Sounds about right.

  20. pillowporkers says: Aug 10, 2013 12:18 AM

    @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.

  21. pack13queens0 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:37 AM

    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.

  22. lnfinite says: Aug 10, 2013 12:58 AM

    CP84 did well tonight and look forward to some more surprises as more games are played. Rating a b -b+

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 10, 2013 1:07 AM

    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.

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 10, 2013 1:08 AM

    Hopkins leaped up and over cornerback Bobby Felder to score his touchdown.

    Felder? Looked more like Bobby fell down.

  25. rgledz says: Aug 10, 2013 2:09 AM

    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.

  26. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 10, 2013 4:50 AM

    Were the plays targeting him or was he getting open that often? Either way im hopeful that he can continue to look good. Showed alot of promise tonight

  27. GenXJay says: Aug 10, 2013 8:36 AM

    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

  28. 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.

  29. sethual says: Aug 10, 2013 8:44 AM

    I agree. CP84 looks great, and the two purples are off.

  30. boyshole25 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:57 AM

    Hopkins is a beast

  31. packerenglishmajor says: Aug 10, 2013 10:07 AM

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

    We stunk it up right?

  32. vikingfan1971 says: Aug 10, 2013 11:40 AM

    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.

  33. purpleguy says: Aug 10, 2013 12:57 PM

    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.

  34. brown692 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:26 PM

    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

  35. deltaoracle says: Aug 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    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!

  36. vikescry1 says: Aug 10, 2013 4:36 PM

    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.

  37. vikescry1 says: Aug 10, 2013 4:36 PM

    is he running with randy moss’s weed?

  38. theytukrjobs says: Aug 10, 2013 5:18 PM

    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.

  39. contra74 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:06 PM

    Lots of speed on the offense. Looking forward to this season!

  40. clayminator says: Aug 10, 2013 10:22 PM

    Vikings are a 7-9 team….good enough to tie the Bears for 2nd in the division.

    Packers are clearly a tier above!

  41. goody20 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:29 PM

    You’re tell me just because they’ve used 5 first rounders and 2 ended up being roy that Patterson has to be a bust? Solid logic

  42. sethual says: Aug 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    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?

  43. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 12, 2013 11:52 AM

    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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