Cordarrelle Patterson: This is a make or break year for me

AP

Last week, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said that he was excited about the future with wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and that he thought Patterson had grown up a lot this offseason.

On Monday, Patterson said he knew that there probably won’t be any more offseasons when the Vikings talk hopefully about his ability to break through and turn his athletic ability into consistent on-field production. Patterson, who worked out in San Francisco before reporting to the Vikings’ offseason program, said Monday that his third year has to be a big year.

“This year is going to make me or break me, and I hope I step up and have a good role in this offense,” Patterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “This whole offseason, I spent a lot of time just thinking to myself, ‘How can I get better?’ I just want to let my game speak for itself. I just focused on the little things that really matter, and I hope this year will be way better than last year. … Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything. I’m in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that.”

With Mike Wallace and Charles Johnon on the roster, the Vikings won’t be looking to Patterson as a starter this season. They won’t be looking to him for much of anything else if the route running and overall technical skills don’t get crisper and they could provide themselves with other options to play behind the starters during a draft deep in wideouts.

68 responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson: This is a make or break year for me

  1. He is an amazing athlete, It sounds like he is taking this serious this year. I saw what he was capable of
    before Defenses learned how to neutralize him.
    I wish him well.

  2. CP’s athletic ability is off the charts, which allowed him to dominate in college and take people by surprise his rookie year. The question marks have always been whether he’s smart enough to pick up Norv Turner’s offense and whether he’s willing to put in the work necessary to improve his game. My guess is he’ll take enough of a step forward this year that there will be reason for optimism but his breakout year, if there is one, will be 2016.

  3. When the Vikings gave up the farm to draft Patterson, most experts thought it was a HUGE reach because he had only 1 season of real college football and was too dumb to learn an NFL offense and an NFL route tree, along with being immature.

    Every one of those proved to be correct and the Vikings have yet another 1st round WR bust. Troy Williamson, Percy Harvin, Corduroy Patterson. The legacy continues.

  4. I hope this is a sign of good things to come for Patterson. He’s dynamite with the ball in his hands, but he needs to wrap his head around that playbook and know it inside out.

    If that happens, he’ll be back in the starting lineup before the end of the season.

  5. Look at the stable of receivers the Vikings have and try as hard as you can not to burst out laughing.

  6. This guy was a huge disappointment last year. I thought he was gonna go nuts (see my name). But honestly, last season isn’t only on him. Norv Turner did a lot of good things last year. But he also gave up on Cordarrelle. He is the type of player that should get 4 bubble screens and 3 or 4 handoffs every game. Instead he got nothing in a ton of games. He can’t produce if you don’t give him the ball.

  7. SKOL-LOLOLOL says:
    Apr 28, 2015 11:28 AM

    When the Vikings gave up the farm to draft Patterson, most experts thought it was a HUGE reach because he had only 1 season of real college football and was too dumb to learn an NFL offense and an NFL route tree, along with being immature.

    Every one of those proved to be correct and the Vikings have yet another 1st round WR bust. Troy Williamson, Percy Harvin, Corduroy Patterson. The legacy continues.
    *******************************************
    I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it when he comes back and rips your Packer Defense/Special Teams apart this year!
    He has a huge upside, even if just used for returns, a TD is a TD..

  8. Cordarelle, Wallace, Bridgewater – lets go! I’m expecting a clean sweep of the NFC north this year.

    Bears – hibernating, Lions – cowardly, Packers – luggage was mishandled at the airport and ended up on the wrong flight – SKOL!

  9. SKOL-LOLOLOL says:
    Apr 28, 2015 11:28 AM

    When the Vikings gave up the farm to draft Patterson, most experts thought it was a HUGE reach because he had only 1 season of real college football and was too dumb to learn an NFL offense and an NFL route tree, along with being immature.
    _______

    Actually, most experts predicted he would be a top 15 pick.

  10. Look at these stats from his first two years:

    33-366-2
    22-320-2

    Obviously, the guy is never going to be any good. The Viking may has well cut him now.

    Oh, wait. I’m sorry. Those are the stats from Jordy Nelson’s first two years.

  11. Get him in Fitz’s WR camp this summer. He’s got raw talent. A lot of it. He needs refinement in the areas of route running and gaining separation from defenders

  12. I miss cheesebays articles on yoga conditioning.
    Maybe I can get a chuckle watching Jeapordy. I hear a certain choke job will be on.

  13. For all the trolls screaming “bust”- the guy has been in the league for two years and is a Pro Bowler and a first team All Pro. Many NFL players never accrue those accolades. He played one year of major college football. It was well documented that he needed some refining in his game. Chill out.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Apr 28, 2015 12:28 PM
    Look at these stats from his first two years:

    33-366-2
    22-320-2

    Obviously, the guy is never going to be any good. The Viking may has well cut him now.

    Oh, wait. I’m sorry. Those are the stats from Jordy Nelson’s first two years.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The difference was that Nelson was 4th or 5th on the depth chart during those years. That will happen when you draft and develop extremely high caliber WR’s year after year. Not that you’d know anything about that.

  15. Packer trolls are still ticked off CP84 took it to the house against them his rookie year.

    Get over girls.

    The kid is maturing, ad he will be a solid piece that will wreak havoc this season-Bridgewater, Peterson, Wallace, Patterson……..lookin’ good Vikes!!!!!!

  16. “I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it when he comes back and rips your Packer Defense/Special Teams apart this year! He has a huge upside, even if just used for returns, a TD is a TD..”

    Dream big! You do know that your Vikings signed the player on Special Teams who screwed up the NFCCG because he was too stupid just like Corduroy, right?

  17. Yes, we’re just crushed because a touchdown was scored. What’s really sad is that one single touchdown is the greatest highlight of your fandom. In your entire football life, you have only that one shining moment.

    You just made the Lavender Lunatic hall of fame.

  18. “Packer trolls are still ticked off CP84 took it to the house against them his rookie year. Get over girls.”

    ———
    I think I can speak for most Packer fans that nobody even remembers that happening. It was obviously pretty insignificant given that the Packers won that game, since they haven’t lost to the Viqueen’s since 2012.

    Good thing you gave up 4 draft picks for a kickoff returner! WINNING!

    SKOLOLOLOL

  19. “I think little Julie Nelson has turned into a fine special teamer! The onside kick drop in the NFC championship game is proof! LOL!”

    I think you are referring to new MINNESOTA VIKING Brandon Bostick. Nelson didn’t drop a thing. Enjoy him!!

    SKOLOLOLOL

  20. Queens, queens, nice work you picked up Charles Johnson off the GBP can’t make it list. So now you have Brandon Botched-it, Dujan Harris and C.J. I love it. See championships won with Jennings, Favre, Longwell, Ferguson, Bishop, aka none. The purple curse.

    Do you think you will ever be able to draft and develop your own players? Love you queens keep the comedy act going. Good luck with the best RB in the NFL you left standing alone…..that was until he was reinstated. I’m sure he will really want to be there…….typical queens one step forward, 3 steps back. Please never leave the NFC North!

  21. He’ll be a major contributor to us DEFEATING GB in the last game of the season, Peterson will outrun Lacy and we’ll win the 1st game.

  22. what would you packers losers have to talk about if the vikings actually did move to LA?

    the vikings lately are as good drafting WR’s as ted thompson is drafting defensive lineman/linebackers

    dat-one jones, bj rai, johny jolly, nick perry and justin herrel really turned out to be gems for green bay. NOT.

  23. “dat-one jones, bj rai, johny jolly, nick perry and justin herrel really turned out to be gems for green bay. NOT.”

    Too early to tell with Datone. BJ Raji has been fine. Led them to a SB championship with his stellar play in 2010. Jolly was a good player. Much better than an average 6th round pick. Harrell had injuries so you never saw one way or another.

    BUT…….Ted Thompson drafted all but 3 players that actually WON a Super Bowl, so apparently he’s done a pretty good job. What have the Vikings won in the last 50+ years?

  24. Perhaps CP is the sharpest tool in the shed, but we also have to remember that he has never been in the same offense for more than 1 year. That alone should help him improve. And there is no doubt about his athleticism, he just needs to apply it to working on his footwork. He may not have a “breakout” year, but as the 3rd or 4th WR and the primary kickoff returner, I’ll take him!

  25. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the talk isn’t leading to a trade. I hope that CP84 can turn it around but his issues are between his ears. Dude is a freak talent in the right system could really make an offense open up. But I dont think that he fits NORV’s system.

  26. The difference was that Nelson was 4th or 5th on the depth chart during those years. That will happen when you draft and develop extremely high caliber WR’s year after year. Not that you’d know anything about that.
    ______

    Nice try. Nelson was the third receiver his rookie year, then fell behind James Jones on the depth chart his second year. Profootballreference listed his position as PR/KR because he wasn’t really a wide receiver anymore. So far Patterson’s career arc has mirrored Nelson’s, except Patterson’s numbers are better.

  27. You wI’ll never be worth what the team gave up, but u can improve into A decent WR. I never get why teams draft that style of player in the 1st round jt never works out Bush Harvin Patterson u get those guys in the later round and then try to maximize them like Dante Hall and Devin Hester

  28. 2009
    WR – Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Brett Swain

    2010 – WR: Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Brett Swain

    2011- Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver

  29. Greg Jennings- 2nd round (career ruined by the Vikings)
    Jordy Nelson- 2nd round
    Randall Cobb- 2nd round

    Corduroy Patterson- 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th round.

    SKOLOLOLOLOLOL!

  30. No Jordy wasn’t a 3rd receiver his first year and the fact you are deflecting which is your m.o. leaves everyone to believe what is being said about patterson and his 8 on the wonderful he is just dumb. All the warning signs were there but Spieladope your idol gave away the farm for the bust. Just the fact the vikings are perennially sub .500 shows the lack of drafting ability and is further evidenced by same gm sifting through the Packers trash.

  31. Four franchises – the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars – have never even been to the Super Bowl. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans have each lost a single Super Bowl, while the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles are 0-for-2.

    The biggest conference winners that can’t seem to close the deal are the Minnesota Vikings and the Bills, who have both been to four Super Bowls with zero championships.

  32. So Jordy Nelson couldn’t get past James Jones on the depth chart until his third year, and this means Cordarrelle Patterson is a bust? I think it illustrates that some guys take a while to blossom.

  33. No, it means that your Lavender Lunatic brethren shouldn’t try to compare Patterson’s numbers to Nelson’s numbers over his first two seasons. Nelson was 4th and 5th on the depth chart his first 2 years and that’s not even counting Jermichael Finley’s place in the pecking order.

    It means that Nelson, as a 4th and 5th option (or 5th and 6th, if you count Finley) was as productive as Purple Jesus 2.0 was, even though Purple Jesus 2.0 was (allegedly) a starter.

    The guy stinks. It’s not our fault and it certainly isn’t Nelson’s fault. it just is what it is.

  34. duece5 says:
    Apr 28, 2015 12:42 PM
    Packer trolls are still ticked off CP84 took it to the house against them his rookie year.

    Get over girls.

    The kid is maturing, ad he will be a solid piece that will wreak havoc this season-Bridgewater, Peterson, Wallace, Patterson……..lookin’ good Vikes!!!!!!
    _________

    Much like all the things Adrian Peterson has done vs. GB… Packer fans don’t care as they have won about 75% of the game since the VIkings drafted him, so know I don’t remember CP84 returning a kick for a TD… I remember the Packers didnt lose that game either… Besides how scary can Patterson be what is he going to do next season start HALF the regular season games? At least it would be an improvement.

  35. Even if Patterson was able to learn some skills, who would get him the ball?

    The vikings traded away their starting QB last season to the Bills for a couple of draft picks.

  36. Yeah Patterson and Nelson have similar numbers their first two years except the one where Jordy was Targeted 86 times his first two years while Patterson was targeted 145.

    So it took Patterson 168% of the targets to get numbers similar to Jordy Nelson..

    Patterson is a BUST and admitting it is the first step Vikings fans.

  37. Nobody knows what Patterson will be considered when it’s all said and done. He’s only been in the NFL for a couple seasons, and was considered one of the top WR options by all the experts, prognosticators and analysts, before the draft. But, he was also known to be a project. Everybody knew it would take time to shape him into an NFL WR. So, anybody that calls any pro athlete a “bust” after just 2 seasons knows absolutely NOTHING about pro sports.

  38. Didn’t really understand last year.. First game showed the template – screens, handoffs… Get the ball in his hands early and often…

    He’s never going to be a #1 receiver… BUT he is a very powerful offensive weapon.

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