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Cordarrelle Patterson vows to be “way better” this year than last year

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As a rookie, Vikings receiver and return man Cordarrelle Patterson was a phenomenal playmaker, scoring seven touchdowns on offense and also being the NFL’s All-Pro kickoff returner. But Patterson says you ain’t seen nothing yet.

At the Vikings’ minicamp, Patterson said he was disappointed with himself as a rookie because he thinks it took him too long to figure out what it takes to be an NFL player. Patterson believes that with his rookie year under his belt and a full offseason of work, he’s going to be significantly better in 2014.

“I think I was kind of bad last year. This year will be way better,” Patterson told ESPN.

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner says he has big plans for creative ways to get the ball into Patterson’s hands, and that Patterson seems to be picking everything up. A “way better” Patterson could be a scary thought for the rest of the NFC North.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2014 6:49 PM

    He pretty much has to if the Vikings hope to get more than two wins.

    Although, I don’t see an overhyped return man helping THAT much…

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  2. Cameronm says: May 3, 2014 6:51 PM

    According to some Viking fans he’s already better than Jerry Rice.

  3. revren10 says: May 3, 2014 6:54 PM

    The minnesotta vikings better hope to find a quarterback

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2014 6:55 PM

    At least he has acknowledged his lackluster practice habits.

  5. ufostomper says: May 3, 2014 6:56 PM

    How long till they trade home to the Seahawks?

  6. macneil4025 says: May 3, 2014 6:57 PM

    CP is already better then Jordy Nelson, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, not bad for 1 year in the league!! Skol Vikes

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 3, 2014 6:58 PM

    Takes him too long to figure out just about everything in life, I think.

  8. jermainewiggins says: May 3, 2014 6:59 PM

    Hey tokyo, an overhyped return man? What he did last year with the revolving door at quarterbacks proves that you do not know what youre talking about.

    And cameronm the only 2 that could possibly think that are pftpoet and vikesarethebest who are two of the most delusionally optimistic fans of any team ever.

    Ppl that come on here with nothing objective to say and bash patterson show they know nothing about football. I bet trolls will percieve this post that im claiming hes already HOF material but I am just pointing out that this man is Iine hell of a talented player.

  9. Ferdinand says: May 3, 2014 6:59 PM

    Hopefully the guys calling the game will be ‘ “way better” this year than last’ when it comes to saying his name because they routinely butchered it.

  10. duluthvikesfan says: May 3, 2014 6:59 PM

    Don’t look past Patterson or the Vikings as a team this year. Talent (outside of QB and Cassell isn’t that bad) was never lacking on this team. Coaching was. Zimmer & Turner will get way more out of this team than most expect. Look for a big year from Patterson, Jennings, Peterson & company this year!

  11. jermainewiggins says: May 3, 2014 7:03 PM

    I see tokyosandblaster was pretty quick to change names and post as filthymcasty. Only the 1st and 4th comments posted on the article, not bad!!

  12. PFT's Acclaimed Philosopher says: May 3, 2014 7:04 PM

    Oh?

  13. whatjusthapped says: May 3, 2014 7:07 PM

    Not much improvement can be expected if the Vikings insist on trotting out Cassel as their starter. What good is all that speed when your QB has trouble throwing the ball more than 10 yards downfield.

    But I can see why the fans love Patterson, he is one of their own. Off season predictions of great things to come followed by the reality of yet another last place finish, talk is plenty cheap, championships are non-existent.

  14. tommymomoney says: May 3, 2014 7:08 PM

    Not sure he’s ever going to be a true outside #1… you don’t see him snagging the ball above his head or getting open with route running like the great ones.

  15. seatownballers says: May 3, 2014 7:09 PM

    Not even a top 15 receiver. Completely average. That’d be different if Manning or Brady were throwing to him. But that’s not the case. It’s Cassel and Bridgewater

  16. stellarperformance says: May 3, 2014 7:11 PM

    It takes a village.

  17. staffordsyear says: May 3, 2014 7:13 PM

    Not a chance..his stats will suffer along with the whole team beings that they are outside the next 2 years.

    4th place..again.

  18. bennyb82 says: May 3, 2014 7:14 PM

    It is pretty rare for rookie receivers to come into the league and play like they feel they can. He progressed as the year went on and I would expect a big year from him if the QB situation is better.

  19. alshonbrandontandem says: May 3, 2014 7:15 PM

    2014 NFC North Standings:

    Bears: 10-6;
    Packers: 9-7;
    Lions: 7-9;
    Vikings: 1-15

  20. buckybadger says: May 3, 2014 7:17 PM

    He is a rare talent but he will have a ceiling on his talent until the Vikings get a QB. Maybe it was Patterson that planted those crab legs on Winston so he would fall in the draft.

  21. byzr says: May 3, 2014 7:22 PM

    wonder how long before he ends up being traded for a 5th to the Pats where he sets records.

    seriously though this guy looks like he is going to be a phenom and even Randy Moss looked like a HOF with McNabb and Gus Ferotte throwing to him so as long as they can get a QB who can put it out there.

  22. FlashPatterson says: May 3, 2014 7:22 PM

    Cameronm says:
    May 3, 2014 6:51 PM
    According to some Viking fans he’s already better than Jerry Rice.
    ——————–
    Who ever said that? You can’t just make stuff up and say somebody else said it.

  23. jimthebuilder27 says: May 3, 2014 7:26 PM

    Sorry Vikings fans, there’s only one sports athlete known as The Flash, and that’s Dwyane Wade!

    He’s also won titles, something the Vikings or their obnoxious fans know nothing about!

  24. tokyosandblaster says: May 3, 2014 7:30 PM

    jermainewiggins says:
    May 3, 2014 7:03 PM
    I see tokyosandblaster was pretty quick to change names and post as filthymcasty. Only the 1st and 4th comments posted on the article, not bad!!

    —–

    For those of you who are new, there is a Vikings fan named contra who has twenty or so screen names. He bragged about it, someone outed him, and now he claims that I do the same thing.

    Sad, really.

  25. tremoluxman says: May 3, 2014 7:34 PM

    It’s hysterical that some guys here are slagging CP for not winning championships. The guy played barely 2/3rds of a season as a rookie. Hello? This will be his first full year. Get a grip.

  26. jmblosser82 says: May 3, 2014 7:44 PM

    byzr, it was Daunte Culpepper. mcnabb was the Eagles/Skins QB.

  27. thestrategyexpert says: May 3, 2014 7:50 PM

    Rick Spielman probably recent told him that they will take a QB in Round 1 no matter what, so he’s expecting to have a high profile QB that will help him out too.

  28. wheezerswin says: May 3, 2014 7:56 PM

    How could he be better? There isn’t a QB on that roster that would be able to start for most high schools. Not to mention a horrific offensive line and a def that can’t get off the field. I guess he meant kick off returns. He should see plenty of those.

  29. tokyofilthblaster says: May 3, 2014 7:56 PM

    He was so bad they couldn’t even put him on the field for most of the year.

  30. FlashPatterson says: May 3, 2014 8:02 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    May 3, 2014 7:30 PM

    For those of you who are new, there is a Vikings fan named contra who has twenty or so screen names. He bragged about it, someone outed him, and now he claims that I do the same thing.

    Sad, really.
    —————————-
    You’re both sad.. you do the same thing he does just with one name. If you hate the Vikings so much then go away.

  31. Shinnbone says: May 3, 2014 8:02 PM

    He’s really going out on a limb there.

  32. Shinnbone says: May 3, 2014 8:04 PM

    Cordarrelle Patterson vows to be “way better” this year than last year.

    God that’s funny…I needed a laugh today.

  33. tinbender2000 says: May 3, 2014 8:05 PM

    FlashPatterson says: May 3, 2014 7:22 PM

    Cameronm says:
    May 3, 2014 6:51 PM
    According to some Viking fans he’s already better than Jerry Rice.
    ——————–
    Who ever said that? You can’t just make stuff up and say somebody else said it.
    ############################################## macneil4025 says: May 3, 2014 6:57 PM

    “CP is already better then Jordy Nelson, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, not bad for 1 year in the league!! Skol Vikes”
    There’s delusional#1. Add pftpoet and vikesarebest and you wonder what chemicals are in those 10,000 lakes. LSD?

  34. vikesr4reel says: May 3, 2014 8:05 PM

    He will make charmine look silly!!!
    Week 2 Sherman will be crying like silly seahawk!!

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2014 8:15 PM

    Patterson says he thinks he was kind of bad last year.

    I agree.

  36. packersgreenbay says: May 3, 2014 8:18 PM

    He’s pretty good. That said.. the Vikings once again finish last in the division.

  37. coltzfan166 says: May 3, 2014 8:21 PM

    He’ll be better cause they’ll have a better QB than Ponder.

  38. FlashPatterson says: May 3, 2014 8:22 PM

    tinbender2000 says:
    May 3, 2014 8:05 PM
    FlashPatterson says: May 3, 2014 7:22 PM

    Cameronm says:
    May 3, 2014 6:51 PM
    According to some Viking fans he’s already better than Jerry Rice.
    ——————–
    Who ever said that? You can’t just make stuff up and say somebody else said it.
    ############################################## macneil4025 says: May 3, 2014 6:57 PM

    “CP is already better then Jordy Nelson, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, not bad for 1 year in the league!! Skol Vikes”
    There’s delusional#1. Add pftpoet and vikesarebest and you wonder what chemicals are in those 10,000 lakes. LSD?
    ———————————-
    Now I’m just a humble Minnesotan but I don’t think any of those guys are Jerry Rice are they? Also its pretty obvious that those guys are just being ridiculous on purpose.

  39. gdeli says: May 3, 2014 8:31 PM

    It would’ve helped if dingdong Musgrave played him more.

  40. Cameronm says: May 3, 2014 8:38 PM

    Cameronm says:
    May 3, 2014 6:51 PM
    According to some Viking fans he’s already better than Jerry Rice.
    ——————–
    Who ever said that? You can’t just make stuff up and say somebody else said it.
    —————————————–

    It was hyperbole, and not many comments later a Viking fan said he was better than Calvin Johnson.

  41. mitybuc says: May 3, 2014 8:40 PM

    Don’t have feelings for the Vikes one way or another (since Bucs moved out of division) but…

    Anybody paying attention has seen that Patterson’s going to be a phenomenal player.

    Last year….with week in, week out, questionable offensive game plans….all this guy did was shine Big time when given a reasonable chance.

    Doubters….watch some games.

    This kid’s Way above average.

  42. cguy7 says: May 3, 2014 8:49 PM

    He does have a ton of talent, but does need to show the ability to run routes, high point the ball, and catch the ball effectively in traffic. Bubble screens and reverses will only take you so far… Reminds me of Demaryius Thomas. Raw with a ton of upside. Drafted him in my dynasty league last year…

  43. thebirdofprey2 says: May 3, 2014 8:52 PM

    I knew there was 1 Viking with 15 different tag names. People thought I was joking when I posted that last year.

  44. billbrasky72 says: May 3, 2014 9:01 PM

    S-T-U-D

  45. banlarson says: May 3, 2014 9:09 PM

    Guess people are pretty bored waiting for the draft that most posts are from packer fans making unintelligent comments. Here is to hoping Thursday comes quickly and for Packer fans to find something to do other than post garbage on MN articles.

  46. osiris33 says: May 3, 2014 9:24 PM

    What a minute, isn’t this PFT? I thought he was way better than Percy Harvin & the Vikes completely took the Seahawks on the Harvin deal.

    Except he wasn’t part of the Harvin deal.

  47. jokendave says: May 3, 2014 9:24 PM

    Sorry Vikings fans, there’s only one sports athlete known as The Flash, and that’s Dwyane Wade!

    ———————————————
    Who, and what is a “Dwayne Wade in the NFL? Oh wait! He’s in the “N…B…A. There is a big difference from being a flash on a small BB court than being a flash on a football field. No comparison.

  48. piratehookerfrombootybay says: May 3, 2014 9:27 PM

    staffordsyear says: May 3, 2014 7:13 PM

    Not a chance..his stats will suffer along with the whole team beings that they are outside the next 2 years.

    4th place..again.

    ————————————————-

    I guess you didn’t see him in the ravens game last year!!!……. And to the others that say hes not a true number 1. Sure i’ll concede that but you have to look at what else he did 80 yards from the back field how many number 1’s out there can do that. 109 from the end zone, how many number 1’s can do that. he can already do things your number 1’s can’t! This kid will grow into a very bright star!! (dont quote my numbers I’m not a state guy)

  49. vikesr4reel says: May 3, 2014 9:29 PM

    Trolls need to move along Stewart

  50. filthymcnastyi says: May 3, 2014 9:36 PM

    V headlines ,

    VIKINGS NOT EXERCISING FIFTH-YEAR OPTION ON CHRISTIAN PONDER

    and then…

    Cordarrelle Patterson vows to be “way better” this year than last year

    Hilarious!

  51. vikesr4reel says: May 3, 2014 9:37 PM

    Flash petterson
    There I said it
    Get used to it

  52. skolisstupid says: May 3, 2014 9:39 PM

    In other news Pftpoet vows to be better as well. With better posts and to not troll as much. Skol

  53. vikesr4reel says: May 3, 2014 9:43 PM

    Seattle troll get off our stories and get a life for crying out loud

  54. bluestar94 says: May 3, 2014 10:25 PM

    The other 3 teams in the division each have a pathetic secondary. Could be banner year for him. Even with Ponder as QB.

  55. chrisswitzer2189 says: May 3, 2014 10:44 PM

    Vikes have a good team just like Tampa but poor qbs

  56. arnoldziffel says: May 3, 2014 10:57 PM

    It’s possible the Vikings will field an improved team this year, and still not have that improvement show up in the win column. Consider their first 6 games:

    1. Rams – A
    2. Patriots – H
    3. Saints – A
    4. Falcons – H
    5. Packers – A
    6. Lions – H

    Not the easiest schedule in the world – especially considering a new offense and a new defense are being installed … by a brand new coaching staff.

    At best – maybe 3-3 … and quite possibly 1-5 or 0-6 – especially when considering LOTS of new faces on defense – an offensive line that has some questions … and and possibly a real void at quarterback.

    Patterson appears to be a real talent – but this team isn’t going to be ready to challenge for a division title for at least 2-3 more years.

    But, SKOL Viking fans … glad to see your beer mugs are always half-full instead of half empty … at least until the season starts, and reality sets in.

  57. Remember Brian Brohm says: May 3, 2014 11:04 PM

    When (if?) Adrian Peterson stops dominating the NFL, CP84 will take over as the offensive superstar for the Vikings. This is why I’m not worried about Peterson getting older.

  58. tangysizzl says: May 4, 2014 12:49 AM

    Patterson is a very talented and explosive individual, I must admit he was a great pick by Spielman who might have scored himself a 1st round hat trick with the law firm of Rhodes, Floyd & Patterson.

    Not such a bad GM when you take away the “circle of trust” or the “tripod of authority”, what ever they called that…

  59. jayniner says: May 4, 2014 12:49 AM

    Isn’t that what every sub-par NFL player says?

    I’ll be better next year…

  60. tcstunner says: May 4, 2014 12:58 AM

    All the people on here bashing him are such frauds. Yeah I’m sure you guys wouldn’t want him on your team. Trolls are so annoying, from both sides. Saying he’s better than Megatron…ridiculous. Saying he’s garbage and had a bad year…just as ridiculous.

  61. wafflestomp says: May 4, 2014 2:24 AM

    Non of this even matters as long as the Vikings keep giving up 30 points a game!

  62. golynxgo says: May 4, 2014 2:26 AM

    Hell he wasn’t even the best rookie in the division

  63. fishyinalittledishy says: May 4, 2014 4:46 AM

    Interesting thoughts of a young player excited about the new season. Putting a lot of attention on himself. In the history of bigging yourself up not many if any have lived up to their own promise’s if any.

  64. mclovin07 says: May 4, 2014 5:24 AM

    I think Frazier ran a very loose ship while he was in Minnesota. I don’t think he held people accountable ever as evidenced by certain guys being on the field way too deep into the season before changes were finally made.

    Things are looking up with Zimmer whether you like the Vikings or not IMO…

  65. The Almighty Cabbage says: May 4, 2014 7:43 AM

    Last year, CP was Devin Hester 2.0. A real weapon when the ball was in his hands but not a very good receiver. He just didn’t run routes well. If he makes the “second year jump” he could be downright dangerous. If not, he’ll continue to be Hester.

    The question then will be what will the coaching staff do with him? Will they keep trying to force a square peg into a round hole as Chicago did with Hester or will they utilize the talents that CP has and not set him up to fail in other aeas?

  66. Glassguy9 says: May 4, 2014 8:38 AM

    The first six looks like 4 wins 2 losses

  67. golforepar says: May 4, 2014 10:32 AM

    Did anyone tell Patterson all home games will be played at a High School stadium this year?

  68. leatherface2012 says: May 4, 2014 10:52 AM

    dont know of any hs stadium with this amount of capacity

    The 50,805-seat “horseshoe” style stadium is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000 and it cost $303.3 million to build.

    i mean soldier field holds what 58 thousand?

  69. Norseman says: May 4, 2014 11:59 AM

    If I played fantasy football, Patterson would be my first pick. He’s gonna blow the league away this year.

  70. filthymcnasty1 says: May 4, 2014 12:23 PM

    Keenan Allen was right there for the taking.

    Whoops.

  71. wafflestomp says: May 4, 2014 12:23 PM

    Patterson couldn’t get on the field with Musgrave’s offense index card playbook.

    Do you honestly see such an upside to his game if a veteran like Greg Jenning’s head is spinning over one play in Turner’s offense?

  72. jazz11001 says: May 4, 2014 12:24 PM

    By all means I hope that the NFC North teams plan against him in the same fashion as the comments on here..the kid is really talented and that was with musgraves index card of plays. Stay tuned….winter is coming.

  73. thevikingdefender says: May 4, 2014 12:35 PM

    I pretty sure their is no high school stadium that fits 50, 000 or more in the country! And TCF is one of the top 50 stadiums in the country. Im pretty sure of that. And its only being upgraded in every aspect. More seating. Heated field. Better concessions. Better everything! The gophers are gonna love the Vikings for turning their stadium into a pro stadium!

  74. htown995 says: May 4, 2014 12:42 PM

    Yall viking fans are funny yall get good offensive players but yall will never find a franchise qb patterson is good but no way hes better than jordy nelson or megatron heck greg jennings put up great numbers in green bay then yall pay him outrageous money and he catches 63 passes yall got our overpaid washed up receiver

  75. deltaoracle says: May 4, 2014 3:15 PM

    If he was in this year’s WR draft class not sure if he’d crack the top ten.

  76. lnfinite says: May 4, 2014 6:19 PM

    Hard for an individual to have great stsats when it is a team game. After the season is over we shall judge whether he is a success or not.

  77. bobnelsonjr says: May 5, 2014 1:45 AM

    1) It appears getting on the field will be a major improvement.

    2) What he does on the field…who will know because he isn’t on national television.

    3) There ought to be plenty of opportunities for him to pad stats in garbage time of games.

    4) It is always better to be humble. Boasting is never to be done before accomplishing something.

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