Last week, Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson answered questions about his limited use in the offense by saying that he wasn’t going to lobby for more work because he trusted offensive coordinator Norv Turner was doing the best things for the offense.
Patterson had two catches for eight yards against Green Bay last week and didn’t have any carries for the third time in the last four weeks. That meant more questions for Patterson this week, although the answers remained largely the same.
“I’m not a drama queen or anything,” Patterson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I don’t want to go to the offensive coordinator and try to demand the ball. One day, maybe if I get a couple more Pro Bowls, maybe I can do things like that; but the time is not right now. It’s only my second year, and he’s a new offensive coordinator for this team.”
Patterson joked that he may have to up the drama if things continue this way, but Turner repeated a familiar refrain of his own by saying that the team wanted to put the ball in Patterson’s hands more often.
“We’ve gone in every week anxious to get him involved. We’re trying to,” Turner said.
Actions speak louder than words, although there is reason to think Patterson’s usage will go up. The Vikings have had three starting quarterbacks in the last three games and keeping Teddy Bridgewater in the lineup for an extended period should be a good thing for the offense in general and Patterson specifically as the season moves forward.