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Vikings have big plans for Cordarrelle Patterson

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07:58 PM ET 04.26 | Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Leslie Frazier were both quite open about having "a specific plan" on the field for newly acquired wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The Tennessee product is one of the more naturally talented pass catchers to come along in the last few years. In addition to contributing to the offense right away, Patterson will likely be involved in special teams as a kick and punt returner. While Patterson doesn't have any known glaring character concerns, Minnesota has a plan for him off the field as well. Former Vikings receiver and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter reports the Vikings staff has a plan for Patterson both on and off the field. This is likely a byproduct of how things went down with receiver Percy Harvin, who was a headache to deal with in a media standpoint. The Vikings are simply thinking outside the box and are doing everything they can to put Patterson in a situation to do well. Expect Carter to be a major influence on Patterson this offseason. The Hall of Famer is still closely tied to the organization and had worked with many Vikings receivers in the past.

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April 26, 2013  10:47 PM ET

Um........I would hope so if they took him in the 1st round???

April 27, 2013  12:31 AM ET

"The Tennessee product is one of the more naturally talented pass catchers to come along in the last few years."
Whose only weakness is that he can't, in fact, catch worth a bleep. Old coach of mine used to say, you can't catch a football with your ****, son, try your hands next time.
Will be a total absolute bust...

April 27, 2013  12:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"The Tennessee product is one of the more naturally talented pass catchers to come along in the last few years."Whose only weakness is that he can't, in fact, catch worth a bleep. Old coach of mine used to say, you can't catch a football with your ****, son, try your hands next time.Will be a total absolute bust...

I feel like Justin Hunter was the better receiver at Tennessee (actually it's not just a feeling; it's a fact. Hunter outperformed Patterson by leaps and bounds) but I wouldn't say Patterson will be a bust. He does need to work on his hands, for sure, but he has a ton of athletic ability and decent size, so if his catching ability ever catches up to his physical ability he'll be a real stud.

Plus the Vikings can use him on special teams, if they want. He was a pretty good returner for Tennessee, and scored both off kickoffs and punts.

April 27, 2013  12:43 AM ET

One thing I find odd, though, is how people say Patterson could be the next Randy Moss. I don't see it, at all.

For one, Moss had really good hands. Sometimes he'd give up on plays but he wasn't one to drop passes. Unlike Patterson.

Second, Patterson's teammate, Hustin Hunter, actually did look like Randy Moss at times. Hunter's 6 foot 4, 200 pounds, so he has the same wiry, tall and skinny physique as Moss. And Hunter had really reliable hands.

I literally thought to myself that Hunter reminded me of Moss the first time I saw him play, which was actually a few years ago, right before he got hurt and missed a bunch of games.

I just find it strange that people make the Moss connection with Patterson when it seems so blatantly obvious with Hunter.

April 27, 2013  12:43 AM ET

I personally would've taken Hunter before Patterson.

April 27, 2013  12:45 AM ET

Another Hunter-Moss similarity... everyone knows that Moss was freakishly athletic and could jump very good even with his long body. Well Hunter's the same height and is also a World-Class long jumper, having competed at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships.

April 27, 2013  02:38 AM ET

The dude had one year of D-1 ball, er, BCS ball. Let pro coaches have a chance with him. From what I've seen, he does need work but he's not Heyward-Bey.

April 27, 2013  06:08 AM ET

First piece of advise CC should give Cordarrelle would be to get rid of the waiters' suit. The Vikes will pay him enough so he won't need that job.

April 27, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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First piece of advise CC should give Cordarrelle would be to get rid of the waiters' suit. The Vikes will pay him enough so he won't need that job.

No no, don't tell him that. What if EZ's right and this kid needs to keep the waiter gig?

April 27, 2013  11:06 AM ET

The Vikes will win the NFC North or the Lions.

April 27, 2013  11:42 AM ET

He looked great on those highlights, looks like he's going to be fun to watch!!! Go Get Um Cordarrelle!!!

April 27, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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The Vikes will win the NFC North or the Lions.

Nope. Wrong on both counts.

 
April 27, 2013  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And Hunter had really reliable hands.

That's where you lose me. Hunter had one of the highest drop rates in the entire NCAA, and it wasn't even close. Pattersons was very low.

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