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.