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Cordarrelle Patterson added to Pro Bowl roster as a returner

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The NFL’s leading kickoff returner is a late addition to the Pro Bowl roster.

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson has been selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, the Vikings announced Friday morning. Patterson will replace the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, who will be listed just at wide receiver on the Pro Bowl roster. Brown received the majority of his votes at wideout.

Patterson, 22, returned 43 kickoffs for 1,393 yards and two touchdowns, posting a league-leading 32.4-yard average. He was the only player to return multiple kickoffs for touchdowns in 2013.

One of the Vikings’ three first-round picks in 2013, Patterson garnered NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for December after scoring three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns in 26 touches in the final five games.

The Pro Bowl has banned kickoffs for the 2014 game, which means Patterson will return punts. It’s also possible he’ll be used on offense, too, considering his exceptional playmaking ability with the ball in his hands.

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25 Responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson added to Pro Bowl roster as a returner”
  1. jimr10 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:44 AM

    deserved it… outstanding young player…

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 3, 2014 10:46 AM

    Gimmick player.

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  3. vikesindividual says: Jan 3, 2014 10:48 AM

    he’s going to be a special player if the Vikings get a QB anytime this century. considering Minnesota’s record on that front, i’m not holding my breath.

  4. kacimlangford says: Jan 3, 2014 10:51 AM

    Rookie of the year.

  5. purplepunisher says: Jan 3, 2014 11:06 AM

    Another Rookie Pro Bowler for the Vikings! It appears that compared to Ted Thompson Rick Speilman is a genius!

    How many rookies Pro Bowlers do the Packers have? Oh, wait they don’t have any Pro Bowlers! not one!

    That’s what happens when your team is hapless and tasteless.

  6. angelogiaquinto18 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:09 AM

    Will be a stud if the Vikings can ever find someone competent enough to throw him the ball

  7. reesesteel23 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:12 AM

    Deserved

  8. amazingguy101 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:12 AM

    Yay!!!

  9. tvjules says: Jan 3, 2014 11:13 AM

    Rising star.

  10. granadafan says: Jan 3, 2014 11:26 AM

    One has to take into account how awful the Vikings defense was to give him an opportunity to receive so many kickoffs after opponent scores…

  11. steelerben says: Jan 3, 2014 11:35 AM

    As much as he deserves it, I’m kind of surprised Tomlin didn’t get a pro bowl nod for his stellar kick coverage skills.

  12. asherallencanttackle says: Jan 3, 2014 11:53 AM

    Good for him. He has a bright future. It’s a shame that Frazier and Musgrave buried him the bench for so long. He and Xavier Rhodes have bright futures. I hope Floyd steps it up next year. Now if we can only get a QB…and linebackers…and cornerbacks…and a safety. ..and OGs…and a good coach…and a good OC…and a good DC…We’d be all set.

  13. spyder9669 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:53 AM

    One also should take into account that he was able to maintain that rediculous return average while having to attempt that many returns bc of the horrible defense. nice try though!!!

  14. adantsa says: Jan 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    The Flash! You blink and hes GONE!

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 3, 2014 12:20 PM

    How many Packers are on the Pro Bowl roster again?

  16. cshearing says: Jan 3, 2014 12:24 PM

    Electric player who is very entertaining to watch.

  17. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 3, 2014 12:34 PM

    I’m glad he made it, but doesn’t it seem kind of odd that he’s a kick returner but the Pro Bowl won’t have kickoffs, so he’ll be returning punts, which he hasn’t done all year? Maybe Marcus Sherels should have gotten the nod.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:50 PM

    Any player than makes it through a Viking season without a DUI deserves to play in the Probowl.

  19. qckappa says: Jan 3, 2014 1:14 PM

    Maybe that’s the problem in Green Bay, they’re too uptight.

  20. guitarfreak21 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:37 PM

    Aaaaaaand heeeeeee’s LOOOOOOOOSE! Patterson sprints up the left side, and makes a man miss… TOUCHDOOOOOOOOOOOWWWN!

  21. dbara43 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:29 PM

    Apparently no one in the NFL saw Golden Tate returning punts for a team that won 13 games

  22. djshnooks says: Jan 3, 2014 4:32 PM

    I hope those Vikings fans enjoy their pro-bowl players…as much as the Packers fans enjoy their Lombardi trophies and the best QB in football.

  23. mediasloppy says: Jan 3, 2014 4:51 PM

    For punt returners Marcus Sherels and Tandon Doss actually led the league…

  24. 702vikes says: Jan 3, 2014 8:59 PM

    flash patterson deserves offensive rookie of the year honors hands down as well as pro bowl honors, sherels should be in there as well

  25. okemon says: Jan 6, 2014 5:11 AM

    very fun player to watch. He’s only going to get better. The talent this kid has makes it hard to even put a limit on the ceiling of his play making ability. If we could get solid QB play, this team will be competitive in post season.

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