Cordarrelle Patterson improving his route running

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Cordarrelle Patterson has great natural talent for making plays with the ball in his hands. This year he’s committing himself to being a complete receiver, and not just a natural talent.

That’s the word from Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who said Patterson has made great strides in getting better at running routes.

“The most obvious thing, and you see it when he returns kicks, is he’s a natural runner,” Turner told FOXSports.com. “He’s got great instincts when he gets the ball in his hand and he makes great run decisions. He’s got great vision. I think from Day 1 to now he’s improved as a route runner. He’s been very serious about working as a route runner.”

Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel has noticed the same improvement from Patterson.

“I just think his route-running and his ability to recognize defense,” Cassel said. “I think that’s huge for him, and any receiver, as you move forward. The key component, I think, is understanding defenses and how they’re trying to attack you and how you work your different releases.”

Despite Patterson’s great speed, he averaged just 10.4 yards a catch last year, in large part because he was often used on screen passes. If Patterson can improve as a route runner, he’ll become the consistent deep threat the Vikings think he can be.

102 responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson improving his route running

  1. Only way to go is up. He was probably the worst in the NFL at route running.

    Although route running won’t help the worst defense in the league, so it won’t matter much.

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  2. He could run figure 8’s around defenses all day but it won’t matter without a QB. The combined skill level of all the MN QB’s is as low as it gets in the NFL.

    #TBhaspunyhands
    #perenniallastplaceteam
    #nosignificantwinsinteamhistory

  3. So he’ll be in the perfect spot when whatever QB throws the ball out of bounds?

    GB 10-6
    CHI 9-7
    DET 7-9
    Star-Caps 2-14

  4. Classic Flash-in-the-pan return guy. Has a decent season returning kicks, then the team puts a lot more responsibility on him to be a better receiver, and he slowly fades.

  5. Its all a matter of perspective, considering he only played one season of college football and is the worst route runner in the entire NFL, anything resembling a route is an immediate improvement.

    However, route running isn’t what is stopping him, its the QB play. What good is his speed to get behind defenses when Ponder can throw a simple 10 yard down and out? Its like put the best racing tires on a Chevy Volt. Nice to know the performance potential is there but what good does it do you?

  6. Good to hear. He has tremendous ability. Vikes fans should be excited about the possibilities. There are alot of haters and trolls ripping your teams guy but the fact is he has a very high end potential. Should be fun to watch going forward. I’ll Def tune in to the games when I have the chance to them play in my market.

  7. Patterson is a savant. If he can combine his Moss like athletism with Moss like football IQ then look out. I really like this kid as a person too, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. He makes me laugh.

    I would really like to see him put it all together. Say what you will about the Vikings, but if Patterson and Bridgewater are the players we think they are … The Vikings offense is going to very effective. I’m willing to write this season as a growth season, and would look for their “window to open” thereafter.

    With Turner running the offense and Zimmer docused on defense, with another draft focused on defense I think the Vikings will make some noise. AD gets a ring before his contract with MN expires, book it.

  8. therealbillybuffalo says:

    If Minnesota is careful, they could be the Toronto Vikings soon.
    ————
    With the best facility in professional sports set to open in 2016 and house the Vikings until at least 2046? Yeah, not sure a move to Toronto is on the horizon any time soon. Or ever.

    If you were smarter, you’d know that. Judging by your handle, you should be quite familiar with what a team that’s about to move to Toronto looks like.

  9. Yeah, maybe, but who’s going to throw it to him? Christian Ponder? Yeah, right. Matt Cassell? Until he gets hurt. Teddy Bridgewater? Littlefingers. Or will the Vikings be making the trek to Kiln to try to persuade Brett to come back?

  10. 14 comments, 9 from trolls. Gotta love those haters from WI. Guess when your entire team consists of two guys with talent, you have to put down everyone else to make you feel better about your no talent team.

  11. The pathetic Minnesota Vikings

    Big talk from someone that cheers for a team from a city that wasn’t even aware they had a National Football League franchise until 2005.

  12. This kid’s arrow is pointing straight upward. His learning the game is secondary to his innate ability. Route running will come.

    Would you rather have a perfect route runner, who can’t score or a raw route runner, who can house it from anywhere?

    He has shown that he can catch it, take a hand off or return a kick and get the same result. Just get him the ball.

  13. All this wasted talent lost in the wasteland that is Minnesota. Can’t wait for him to loss his roster spot to another over the hill ex green bay packer. This is why the vikings have zero superbowls yo.

  14. What’s in the water in the NFCN? Team sites is where you ignore facts and promote your colors. All you guys seem to wanna do is trash the other teams at the expense of reality and common sense.

    Each NFCN team has all pros, but it sounds like if he’s not YOUR all pro, he’s not really any good. Whatever it is, I hope it’s not contagious.

  15. If this kid gets better at running routes, better at reading defenses and gets in sync with a decent QB he’s going to be flat-out dangerous. If he doesn’t, he’s Devin Hester all over again. Only time will tell.

  16. Still bummed the Texans didn’t take this guy at the end of the first instead of Deandre Hopkins. I like Hopkins, but I think his ceiling is a really good #2 possession receiver while Patterson has the tools to be one of the better, explosive young #1 receivers. The only reason the Texans took Hopkins over Patterson is they knew Matt Schaub didn’t have the arm strength to get the ball to him deep down the field, not the lie they told of Hopkins being the most “pro ready”

  17. I think tokyosandblaster wishes he was still grounded from the computer because everytime there is a vikings article he is the first to comment on it, and that just shows how fascinated he is with the MN Vikings.

  18. I have to say, the insecurity of Packer fans is at an all time high and we haven’t even started training camp yet. They know Patterson is a special talent who can score from anywhere, so they try to convince themselves he can’t catch or he can’t run routes.

    They know Teddy Bridgewater is a special talent who will finally give the Vikings a legitimate quarterback, so they pretend he has small hands, which he doesn’t, because there’s nothing else they can say about him.

    They know that Zimmer is going to improve the defense dramatically, so they insist that nothing can improve that defense.

    They know the Vikings are about to pass them by, so they screech even louder about how irrelevant the Vikings are.

    Sad, really. Pathetic. But what would you expect from people who are about to lose the one thing that makes their lives worthwhile? Their connection to a football team that is better than the football team connected to their superiors.

  19. sonofad says:

    Devin Hester jr.

    Devin hester had 5 return Tds his rookie season while not catching a pass and having a total of -10 rushing yards.

    Cordarrelle Patterson had 2 return TDs during his rookie season while having 45 catches for 470 yds and 4 TDs and having 158 yds and 3TDs rushing on just 12 carries. He only started 5 games and barely saw the field in the first 6-8 weeks and played with multiple qbs.

    Thats an insult to compare the two,Devin hester is an awesome return man but thats all he is. You must have meant percy harvin jr.

  20. Just some real quick truth. CP is already a more dangerous weapon from the LOS than Hester ever was. The comparisons are from trolls, or people that are wiping drool off their keyboard as we speak. As far as Teddy’s hands go, it’s true, big concern. If only there wasn’t such a huge difference in the size between NFL and NCAA balls. Oh, wait….

  21. Benlarson, CP had 8 catches for 54 yards against Green Bay last game. You know, less than 7 yards per catch. He had 2 catches for 26 yards the first game. That 13 yards per catch might plant him on the Packers practice squad.

  22. As usual, lots of brilliant insight on a Vikings story by the “fans” of a couple other teams. I’m unfortunate enough to live amongst one of those “fan bases” and they are collectively the biggest bunch of drunk, loud-mouthed, band-wagon jumping, fair-weather “fans” I’ve ever seen. I’ve lived in a few states and travel throughout the country with my job. I’ve talked with real fans throughout the entire country and have encountered good and bad, but these homers are like none other. Then again, it’s all most of them have to live for. Sad really.

  23. Hey, you guys are slowing down. It took a whopping 6 comments before the ‘Tiny Hands’ Bridgewater comments came out. Time to ‘up’ you game. Weak.

  24. Man, Patterson, Rhodes and Floyd all in the same first round. What a draft that was. Add too it Teddy and Barr.. Then Smith and Kalil. I see a team that will compete every year. What draft bust did the packers take this year? Have they cut him yet?

  25. The realbillybuffalo says that the Minnesota Vikings better be careful or else they will be the Toronto Vikings soon. Well then why in the world are they building a brand new stadium that is costing a fortune?!?!?

  26. Man, Patterson, Rhodes and Floyd all in the same first round. What a draft that was. Add too it Teddy and Barr.. Then Smith and Kalil. I see a team that will compete every year.

    I see a team that is headed to salary cap purgatory

  27. There’s only 2 players on the Vikings roster that could hang on the Packers roster after cutdowns.
    Khalil and Peterson. Jennings would get cut if he was still here. The Pack is loaded on offense and the defense will be vastly improved from a less complicated system and the new additions. Vikings will once again be drafting in the top 10 in 2015.

  28. Ahmad Rashad……….Chris Carter………..Randy Moss………….Cordarelle Patterson. He’s the next great Viking’s receiver.
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    Now only if CP had a QB.

  29. Best WR’s in the NFL

    1) Cordarrelle Patterson
    2) Calvin Johnson
    3) Josh Gordon
    4) Andre Johnson
    5) Dez Bryant

    Never has a Green Bay loser been on any list about talent…. And no WR from Green Bay ever will be….

    Best teams in the NFC North

    1) Minnesota
    2) Detroit
    3) Chicago
    4) Green Bay

    Book It

  30. Nice to have yet another first round pro bowl pick, while next door their first rounder is re-habbing yet another injury while undergoing arm-lengthening procedures.

  31. jimthebuilder27, who in the holy hail is Jared Abbredaris? Unreal these Green Bay trolls, I think there’s only 2 of them with about 40 different logins. They’re all just kids I’m sure.

  32. therealbillybuffalo says:
    Jul 5, 2014 7:27 AM

    He still won’t be much help get the Vikings to the playoffs.

    If Minnesota is careful, they could be the Toronto Vikings soon.
    —————————————
    Must be projection on your part. You do know the Vikings have a stadium deal in place that will be ready by 2016, right? I think you are thinking of the Buffalo or may soon to be Toronto Bills.

  33. All of these idiotic comments about his route running. What makes any of you experts on route running? Especially the fact that you aren’t in the huddle or know what is being called. You Packer fans need a new hobby.

  34. GB trolls are so funny, their team is NOTHING without their qb, and at some point he’ll be gone. When that happens, they might as well take up soccer, because the only thing that miserable state has right now is beer and cheese.

    sea chickens are hilarious too! They come on here with all that dynasty talk, and they think they own the place. Nobody ever talked about them before 2005, they have zero heritage and history in the league… they are about as character rich as a back alley brick wall.

  35. Lol, Abbredaris is a guy who has never played a down in the NFL, and is older than CP. 5th round pick I think? With the jimthebuilders belief and well wishes though, he can achieve anything!

  36. Teddy Bridgewater’s hands are 1/8″ smaller than Aaron Rodgers.. It’s funny, if the kid wears gloves at his pro day, he’s probably taken #1 overall by Houston. Couldn’t have worked out better for The Vikings.

    Instead of being a lazy, unimaginative troll? Watch some game film of this kid.

  37. You just can’t teach what Cordarrelle Patterson has. His combination of speed, size, agility and rare vision can break a defense down on any play.

  38. If (and it’s a huge unlikely IF) Patterson becomes a future HOF player, the Viqueen’s will then decide to get rid of him in the prime of his career. But fear not, they will trade back for him when he’s washed up.

  39. Patterson’s 11 on his Wonderlic gave rise to concerns he was too stupid to play WR and understand all the concepts. A couple of scouts were quoted as saying he was “too dumb to play at the NFL level”. Many scouts hailed him as the best WR in the draft, talent wise.

    I think it’s fair to say that as naturally as running with the ball in his hands is equal to how unnaturally running routes comes to him.

    With hard work can he overcome those deficiencies or will he never truly get it? Will be fun to watch.

    Packers fans think he won’t…and Vikings fans think he will.

  40. mackstrong2013 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 12:43 PM
    I actually thought the Seahawks were in the CFL until 2005
    ————
    So did the residents of Seattle.

  41. Vikings fans think this guy is their savior.

    They said that Peterson was in 2007. So was Brett Favre in 2009 and Ponder in 2011 and then Matt Kalil in 2012.

    You get the picture! LOL!!

  42. When Sharon went down last year boy did jordi really looked like a probowler, that is when he was on the field and didn’t have a hang nail.

    I bet you packer fans liked the NFL record setting 109 yard kick off return he opened the game with against you.

    It will be fun to see him grow and be used in a Norv Turner offense and playing against the packers crappy defense.

  43. about that wonderlic test

    Cincinnati’s A.J. Green scored a 10, but that didn’t stop the Bengals from taking him fourth overall in 2011. He’s been to the Pro Bowl twice already.

  44. You mean he had room to IMPROVE?!?
    Heidi fans had already anointed him as the greatest WR in the NFL, so I thought he was someone who just couldn’t be better. Next thing you know the coaches will be saying that he’s starting to recognize defenses and audibles…

  45. tonyc920 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 11:48 AM
    There’s only 2 players on the Vikings roster that could hang on the Packers roster after cutdowns.
    Khalil and Peterson.

    Who is Khalil?

  46. tommiepickles says:

    Devin hester had 5 return Tds his rookie season while not catching a pass and having a total of -10 rushing yards.

    Cordarrelle Patterson had 2 return TDs during his rookie season while having 45 catches for 470 yds and 4 TDs and having 158 yds and 3TDs rushing on just 12 carries. He only started 5 games and barely saw the field in the first 6-8 weeks and played with multiple qbs.

    Thats an insult to compare the two,Devin hester is an awesome return man but thats all he is. You must have meant percy harvin jr.

    ———————————————————–

    Or in other words Cordarrelle Patterson under-performed the undrafted free agent Jarrett Boykin, who ended up being the Green Bay Packers 4th WR.

  47. Jordy Nelson while working with Tolzein and Flynn in the 7 complete games that Rodgers missed: 32 receptions for 437 yards.
    Pretty much what Patterson had in his full season.
    So yeah, Nelson looks like a Pro Bowler no matter who’s throwing to him.

  48. Atthemurph says:

    Or in other words Cordarrelle Patterson under-performed the undrafted free agent Jarrett Boykin, who ended up being the Green Bay Packers 4th WR

    When did I ever bring up jarrett boykin? Or jordy nelson?
    But I hope ur aware that jarrett boykin started 8 games due to injury so he was not the 4th wr for most of the season. Now I dont remember how much he played with rodgers but CP played with backup QBs the whole year, so I guess it could be accurate to say the qb play was almost a wash.

    “Underperformed”…??
    Boykin had 49 rec for 680 yds of total offense and 3TDs. Patterson had 630 yds of total offense and had a kick return avg of 32.4 and had 9 Tds (4rec 3rush and 2 ret)
    Good try though

  49. Chirp, chirp, chirp, said the packers “fans”, as they continued to deny their decline. They have become very content with barely average. Meanwhile the Vikings slowly continue to build. It may be a couple of years away yet, but the writing is on the wall. Keep hanging your hat on one and done in the playoffs. Keep standing by Ted and his lack of moves. He lucked into Rodgers or you’d be a thing of the past already. Not likely to happen again.

  50. I enjoy talking football with knowledgeable, respectful fans.
    For instance, I am not a Packers fan, in general, but I do respect the ability of Matthews, and Rodgers. I also am quite impressed with their ability to coach at the QB position, as well.
    As for Mr. Patterson….He is an amazing talent. He had a phenominal rookie season, as a return specialist.
    I think if any coordinatior in football can get the most out of him….it will be Norv Turner. If they are able to get the most out of Patterson, I think the rest of the league should watch out.
    You combine a passing game, with the already potent running of Adrian Peterson, Minnesota will be the team they were back in the late 90’s.
    SKOL Vikings!

  51. The kid was 3rd on the vikings in receiving and had less than 500 yards receiving in 16 games.

    The #4 receiver on the vikings Jarius Wright (434 yards) seems to be a better receiver with 6.3 yards per catch more than Patterson.

    The last 5 top WR’s for the vikings (24 wins in 4 years) have been Greg Jennings, Percy Harvin, Sydney Rice*, Bernard Berrian, and Bobby Wade. Patterson is making less money than any of those.

    *In the last 10 years the vikings only had a 1000 yard receiving performance once and that was when Brett Favre came out of retirement to play for that franchise.

    So even if Patterson doubles his production he won’t be a 1000 yard receiver (62.5 yards/game).

    He won’t be on national television and there is always something better to turn the satellite dish toward, so very few will notice if there is improvement or not.

    Can a low Wonderlic WR who had trouble learning the Musgrave Offense now master the Turner Offense?

    Idle boasts are worthless.

  52. I am seeing a lot of pro Vikings comments on here and not many Packer fans being positive.

    Oh wait…

    See, Packer fans are outside, enjoying the summer weather and relaxing. Once mid-August rolls around they know they will be busy watching the Packers play well into January again.

    Vikings fans have been out of meaningful football since, what, mid November. They are itching to get their opinions heard. Soon it will be mid-October and once again meaningful football will be over for the Viking fans.

    Let them have their fun now.

    (In all honesty, the Vikings are improving and I think they have a good coaching staff that can get things together. I don’t mean to disrespect other fans or teams but when I get to drinking, I tend to type more. Here’s to Opening Weekend; it can’t get here soon enough!)

  53. Did you know that the Great State of Minnesota was just ranked as having the lowest unemployment rate in the country? Mean while the land of shame to the east of the Great a State of Minnesota is still falling into the abyss of mediocrity… Good the “Wisconsin” has the packers, cause otherwise they would have literally nothing…. Depressing

  54. WI has no economy… It you a Minnesota homer that has no clue. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate. Has for the last few years. Minnesota was number 10 in May. Get your facts straight before you post.

  55. WI has no economy says:
    Jul 5, 2014 8:12 PM
    Did you know that the Great State of Minnesota was just ranked as having the lowest unemployment rate in the country? Mean while the land of shame to the east of the Great a State of Minnesota is still falling into the abyss of mediocrity… Good the “Wisconsin” has the packers, cause otherwise they would have literally nothing…. Depressing

    ________________

    Having lived in WI for the past 6 years, specifically the magical capitol of Madison, I can say that comment is more fact than fiction.

    Not much here besides Aaron Rodgers. Truthfully, it is quite sad.

  56. wahp85flash…. Obviously, you get the news later then the rest of the modern world, well I guess considering where you call home, it’s not much of a surprise…
    —————————-
    Time to move to Minneapolis (or St. Paul). The Bureau of Labor Statstics released its list of the major U.S. metropolitan cities (population rates over 1 million people) with the lowest unemployment rates. Topping the list for May 2013 were the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area beat out recent list-topper Oklahoma City, which now sits in 2nd place with 5 percent unemployment.

    New York, by the way, ranks 37th on the list; Los Angeles is at 42. Memphis, Tenn., is at the bottom of the list, with an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent.

  57. It’s great to see our farm team training up Patterson so that he’ll be an impact player by the time he comes to join us and get a ring.

  58. I have notice a lot of people ripping the Vikings. If I were bears lions and packer fans, I would be weary of this team. If Bridgewater turns out to be a good Quarterback and the level of talent on the offensive side of the football. Vikings could easily win this division. Zimmer will turn the defense around just by taking out the Tampa 2 defense will make their defense better. Vikings had one of the better drafts and had a good FA signings as well. I thought Rodgers was going to have won more Super Bowls than Favre by now and that window on Rodgers is closing rapidly with the likes of the bear and lions being as good as they are, Plus the rise of the Vikings, They could be the surprise team in the NFL this year.

  59. A couple years and if he’s improving, he’ll run the out and up pattern; South on I35, the all the way west on I90.

  60. Cordarrelle as a raw rookie was already a better WR than Devin Hester on his best day. Much bigger, just as fast, and better hands. And this is from a Bears fan.

    The arrow is only pointing up on Patterson. If he gets some solid coaching and a good QB, I don’t relish the thought of defending against him twice a year for the next few seasons.

  61. I have no trouble recognizing the talent and potential of Patterson. Knowing his support system however, doesn’t cause concern.

  62. Everybody on this site runs their mouth….you included. The difference is; Packers fans can brag about their team because their team has many things to brag about. You already know the rest of the answer.

  63. Patterson was very excited about his future at Minnesota and the future of their quarterback situation………until he shook the hand of Bridgewater.

  64. I feel so sorry for GB fans, I really do. Lets recount: hideous animal pelt outfits they wear, duped into buying “stock”, inferior outdoors hunting/fishing, warm winters, and they have 2 insults historically being “no superbowls” and “your team is moving”…. Well now that the team is staying they are down to one argument.,, Sure the Bridgewater hands are tiny insult is cute, but facts are they are the same size as Rodgers… Darn facts!

  65. Misprints aren’t facts. Incorrect information that is passed along is not facts. Rodgers hand size 10-1/8″. Bridgewater hand size 9-3/8″. Saying they are the same size is like saying apples and oranges are the same thing.

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