Norv Turner's System Will Challenge Minnesota Vikings Receivers

By Andrew Fisher
Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson
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The general consensus is that Norv Turner will be good for the Minnesota Vikings. The long-time offensive coordinator/head coach is taking his talents up North this season, and the team is hoping he’ll turn one of the league’s worst passing attacks into one of the best.

Turner will have plenty of weapons to work with in Minnesota, namely Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. But just two days into voluntary minicamp, Jennings is admitting that Turner’s offense is extremely complex:

“Literally, I’ve had to erase everything I’ve learned in the past and start completely over. It’s exciting. It’s overwhelming, which today in practice probably will show. But this is day two (voluntary minicamp), so we’re excited…If last year’s offense was complicated, guys will struggle with this one,” the WR told ESPN.

Vikings fans can read this a couple of ways: (1) The passing game ceiling is a lot higher with Turner running the show. (2) Minnesota’s receivers might have a hard time adapting to the new system.

There’s never been a question about Patterson’s athleticism or playmaking ability. But there have been major questions about his football IQ. He reportedly came along slowly during his rookie season, which was part of the reason why he played so few snaps. Learning a new complex offense won’t be easy for him.

But with all that being said, you know that Turner is going to put his pass-catchers in situations where they can be successful. He has to see the massive potential in Patterson and he’ll get him the ball any way he can.

As for Jennings, it’s a safe bet that he’ll adapt and be solid like he has been throughout his career.

One this is for sure — Turner coming on board won’t just automatically make the Vikings passing attack top-tier. It’s going to take a lot of time and reps to get everyone on the same page, especially when you consider the team’s QB situation.


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