Minnesota Vikings: No Surprise Cordarrelle Patterson is Early Favorite to Return Kicks

By Andrew Fisher
Cordarrelle Patterson
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With training camp underway, the Minnesota Vikings are getting their first real good look at newcomers and rookies. Percy Harvin is now long gone, so one of the team’s main objectives this summer is to find a combination of players to replace him. Let’s face it, players like Harvin are unique and you really can’t replace them, but the Vikings have a pretty good candidate to try and pull it off, in rookie Cordarrelle Patterson.

One of the team’s three first round draft picks, Patterson was widely considered a top wide receiver prospect out of Tennessee. However, his lack of experience (only one season of major college football), scared many teams away. The Vikings had to get a first round talent to replace Harvin and Patterson fell perfectly to them at No. 29.

Now as Leslie Frazier and other coaches have gotten a glimpse of the talented young wide out, they’re starting to see why some analysts thought Patterson had the most potential of any of this year’s top prospects. While he might have a tough road ahead of him getting accustomed to the NFL game and much larger playbook that comes along with it – there’s no substitute for good ol’ fashioned play-making ability.

Patterson has a ton of that and a result he’s the early favorite to become Minnesota’s new return man after impressing staff members at camp. Frazier recently remarked that “we like what we see so far,” but also that you have to take it “with a grain of salt.”

I think that Frazier is just playing it cool, because all you have to do is take one look at the video below to know what kind of player Cordarrelle Patterson is going to be. It’s not surprising at all to hear that he’s the front-runner to take Harvin’s old spot as the team’s primary KR.


**Kickoff return for TD is at the 1:15 mark.**


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