WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago Bears

HT: 6-2, WT: 216, Born: 3-17-1991, College: Tennessee, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 29

Outlook  •  Career Statistics  •  Game Logs  •  Split Stats  •  Play-by-play  •  Latest News

2014 Projections

David Dodds16.012.013211.01.072.089312.47.0151
Bob Henry16.015.01409.32.060.080013.36.0142
Jason Wood16.010.010010.01.068.090513.37.0149
Maurile Tremblay16.012.0715.90.085.099111.76.0142

Return Projections (see all)

965 0.5 0 0.0

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: V Davis (47), R Jennings (48), Cordarrelle Patterson (49), P Harvin (50), R Rice (51)
Position: R White (43-WR17), M Crabtree (45-WR18), Cordarrelle Patterson (49 - WR19), P Harvin (50-WR20), D Jackson (52-WR21)
Click here for a comparison of these players.

PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: A Luck (46), R Jennings (47), Cordarrelle Patterson (48), P Harvin (49), M Floyd (50)
Position: R White (40-WR17), M Crabtree (42-WR18), Cordarrelle Patterson (48 - WR19), P Harvin (49-WR20), M Floyd (50-WR21)
Click here for a comparison of these players.

Best Case

Patterson takes a step forward and becomes an even bigger part of the Minnesota offense. His big play potential goes hand in hand with Minnesota’s need to show immediate improvement. With Adrian Peterson drawing the defense closer and Greg Jennings drawing the stronger secondary defenders, Patterson will see a lot of one on one competition. His big play potential provides the spark to a nice breakout season for him.

Worst Case

Patterson struggles to make the transition from great special teams player to great offensive weapon. Bridgewater doesn’t have the arm strength to take advantage of Patterson’s big play ability. He takes a step forward, but it’s not enough to make a huge fantasy impact.


Patterson showed some nice flashes last season, and he has the potential to become a real NFL star. It’s unfortunate for him that he’s stuck on a team that might not be able to take advantage of his big play potential, although new offensive coordinator Norv Turner reportedly put 10 plays in the offense for Patterson as his first action in his new position. Patterson should finish the season as the Vikings top receiver. Just how high that puts him for fantasy leagues is difficult to gauge, but it could be higher than we expect.

2014 Schedule

1 Buffalo Bills
2at San Francisco 49ers
3at New York Jets
4 Green Bay Packers
5at Carolina Panthers
6at Atlanta Falcons
7 Miami Dolphins
8at New England Patriots
Bye week
10at Green Bay Packers
11 Minnesota Vikings
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13at Detroit Lions
14 Dallas Cowboys
15 New Orleans Saints
16 Detroit Lions
17at Minnesota Vikings

2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - The lack of snaps for Patterson was a bit of a head,scratcher, though it may have been that the rookie was still dealing with a back issue from earlier in the week. After moving up in the 2013 NFL draft, Patterson saw the field for just five snaps, including two kick returns. One wonders why that was,three offensive snaps seems a tiny amount for a guy they moved up for, with his skill,set. Does he not know the playbook? Is he still too raw? It's hard to say without being in the locker room. Patterson's one reception was an excellent example of what fans are hoping for though. On the play, Patterson ran a screen out to the left of the formation and was wide open for Christian Ponder's pass. Patterson turned upfield, slipped a pair of defenders and then fought his way to the first down marker. Patterson has the skillset to replace what former Viking and current Seattle Seahawk Percy Harvin did for the offense,take a short pass and generate yards afterwards. It will be interesting to see if,and how,they utilize him in the coming weeks.

Week 2 - Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson started the game off with a bang, returning a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. On that run, Patterson showed excellent patience in waiting for his blockers to clear a path and then accelerating down the sideline for the score. He was only targeted two more times, both on screen passes. The first the defense read immediately and swarmed Patterson as soon as he caught the ball. The second time took place in the third quarter, deep in the Vikings' end. On this play, the Vikings kept a blocker directly in front of Patterson as he made the catch. More blockers got in front of the play and were able to clear the way a little, though Patterson still had to spin away from one defender and run over another. Both the kick return and the tough run after the catch in the third are just a taste of what the rookie can do once the team involves him more. Jarius Wright

Week 3 - Slowly but surely the Minnesota Vikings are trying to get the rookie wide receiver more involved. Sunday he was on the field for 19 snaps (or 24% of the overall offensive snaps) and targeted four times. What was interesting about his targets was that his first two targets were on vertical routes. While Patterson can go long, he hadn’t been asked to do that so far this season with Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings in house. With Cleveland focusing on both those players though, it was interesting to see a little creativity from the offense. This is especially true given the great adjustment and catch he made on a Christian Ponder throw which was underthrown. Patterson had to turn his whole body around and stop in order to catch the ball. The next time Patterson was targeted was late in the second quarter on a short slant where he again made a very nice catch. This time he was hit immediately following the catch, but held onto the ball as linebacker D’Qwell Jackson tried to rip it away as they fell to the turf. Overall, Patterson was again used less than you might expect for a guy the team moved up into the first round for, but his role is growing a little bit each week.

Week 4 - As has been the case all year, Cordarrelle Patterson was rarely used in the pass game, relegated to just a pair of passes and a lot of kick return work. However, Patterson made what was one of the biggest plays in the game early on when he was targeted by quarterback Matt Cassel on a first and ten play in the Steelers’ end. On the play, Patterson ran a streak down the sideline and while he positioned himself between Cassel and cornerback Ike Taylor, Cassel threw it closer to the sideline and right into Taylor’s hands. Patterson saved the interception by slapping the ball away from Taylor’s hands and breaking up the pass. It was a very heads up play by the rookie and allowed the Vikings to continue and kick a a 54 yard field goal and take the lead.

Week 6 - The rookie first round pick isn’t being used much—targeted just twice during the game and on the field for just 19 snaps. His two targets were both catches but neither one was really a pass which set him up to do much. The first was a slow pass to Patterson on a short out where he was immediately hit after he turned upfield, while the second was a short screen which the defense immediately sniffed out and shut down. It’s hard to say what the reason is for Patterson being mitigated in the offense—especially since that offense was focused on the short game for most of the day. It could be that Patterson is still learning the playbook, or it could be the team is content to bring him along very slowly and let Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson and—at least for Sunday—tight end Kyle Rudolph carry the load. This continues to be worth watching, but at this point it’s hard to imagine an uptick in targets for Patterson this season.

Week 7 - His six targets were Cordarrelle Patterson’s highest to date but percentage-wise he didn’t get more work—there were just a ridiculous amount of passes to go around. Patterson showed the usual flashes of speed and agility on his catch and runs, but isn’t involved all that much. Whether it’s because he’s still not quite up to speed or that the team just isn’t sure what to do with him is hard to say. Regardless, while he caught more passes and saw more targets, he didn’t see a higher percentage of work in the offense.

Week 8 - The biggest play rookie Cordarrelle Patterson took part in was the record-setting 109-yard kickoff return to start the game for the Vikings. Interestingly, the very next time he received a kickoff, Patterson seemed to overthink the path out of the end zone, hesitated and was swarmed. He needs to just go and use his speed to get on the defenders before they can react. After the initial touchdown, things went back to normal with Patterson not being targeted or heavily involved in the gameplan despite his speed and athleticism. Next to fullback Jerome Felton, there is no more puzzling use (or lack thereof) of a player on the team. Even the apparent lack of interest in running Adrian Peterson isn’t as befuddling. The Vikings have struggled to gain any traction in the passing game, yet they won’t even try to get Patterson the ball regularly on simple screens or slants. You can see what he’s capable of on his very first target, a short screen pass (thrown too high) which he then turns outside, dodges a tackler and takes for nine yards. He took a play which should have been cut down before it even got started and nearly turned it into a first down. That was solely because of his skill with the ball. Patterson also ran a nice route in the late first half, splitting three defenders and going up for a catch on a high ball for a 17-yard gain. Patterson also drew a pass interference penalty late in the fourth quarter on what was admittedly a very poor call by the official, but Patterson had Tramon Williams beat. This offense needs a spark and Patterson could provide it but it seems as if head coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave have decided this isn’t Patterson’s year.

Week 9 - It’s hard to decipher why the Minnesota Vikings are not using Cordarrelle Patterson. There are enough short passes and he is dangerous enough after the catch that you’d think the team and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave could find ways to use him—even if his route running and grasp of the playbook are still shaky. They don’t though, and aside from kick returns, Patterson isn’t much of a factor in the offense yet.

Week 10 - Things began in a very promising fashion for rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. On the very first play of the second quarter, quarterback Christian Ponder hit Patterson for a 20-yard gain. On the play, Patterson runs a simple 10-yard Post route “in” and splits the zones perfectly. He then does a great job making the initial tackler miss, though he is swarmed moments later and could not add many additional yards. A few minutes later, the Vikings are on Washington’s two yard line. On the play, Ponder immediately scrambles to his right, mirroring the simple “drag” route that Patterson runs into and across the end zone. The defense cannot get to Patterson in time and Ponder delivers a nice ball to the receiver for the touchdown. After that, things reverted back to the norm as Ponder only targeted Patterson one more time in the second and once in the third. Once Ponder was out of the game with his shoulder injury, Matt Cassel entered but never once targeted Patterson.

Week 11 - With Greg Jennings out, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson got his first start, but that didn’t end up helping him improve his numbers. While he was targeted a season-high nine times, many of the passes weren’t quality and he still lacks the experience needed to make up for a bad throw. He was the target on Christian Ponder’s pick-six as well. Patterson ran a short route, and Ponder thought that the corner, Walter Thurmond III would leave the area with Jarius Wright, but he didn’t and Thurmond stepped in front of the pass and took the ball back to the house.

Week 12 - Over the last two weeks rookie Cordarrelle Patterson has seen his targets rocket upwards, totaling 20 over those two games. This week he even caught most of them, hauling in 8 of the 11 passes thrown his way. A lot of his routes are still either very simple or very short (or both) with a great deal of them represented by short outs and screen passes. He did go vertical a couple of times, including on a long pass attempt in the fourth quarter. On the play, Patterson had a couple of steps on the coverage, but when the ball hit his hands he couldn’t hang on. It was as good a throw as a receiver can hope to see from their quarterback, and one which Patterson has to learn how to make. The same can be said of an opportunity Patterson had in the end zone in overtime. On the play, cornerback Davon House undercuts the route in the hopes of grabbing the pass, but it goes over his head. House gets a hand on it though, deflecting the trajectory just enough to disrupt Patterson’s effort to catch the ball. A more experienced receiver might have been able to adjust in the split second between House batting the ball and it reaching his hands, especially with the game on the line. As it stands, Patterson is becoming increasingly involved in the passing game and are trying to find ways to use his dynamic playmaking ability.

Week 13 - The maddening thing about the Minnesota Vikings’ use of rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson—or lack thereof—is that the offense will try to be creative about getting him the ball and then stop when it’s been successful. Take Patterson’s Sunday performance. The first two times he touched the ball were actually on run plays. The first was a very slow, very obvious end-around which got shut down for a loss of six yards at the end of the first quarter. The second was a straight-up running play—a pitch which Patterson took to the right side of the line. Once he got the ball in his hands, Patterson did an amazing job, making defenders miss, ducking tackles and extending the run when he was continually pursued by the defense. He fought his way through traffic and then turned on the afterburners at about the 15 yard line and raced for the score. After that bit of creativity though, Patterson didn’t run the ball again and only saw targets on very basic, very vanilla plays that did not put him in the position of being able to create the chaos he did on his 33-yard touchdown run. It would help if Patterson could hang onto the ball—on a deep slant late in overtime, quarterback Matt Cassel put the ball right between the numbers but Patterson let it get to his body and he couldn’t hang on to it. Which could be at the heart of the issue around Patterson. We knew he was raw coming out of Tennessee—and that rawness makes for inconsistency and will limit his game until he proves it won’t.

Week 14 - After a relatively quiet Week 13, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson broke out for his biggest game of the season. As has been the case this season, the team tried various ways of getting the ball into the hands of one of their more dynamic playmakers. Patterson got the ball on an end around, on short screens and deep passes and was successful with nearly every type of play he was sent out on at least once. While Patterson is very good making extra yards after short passes, he’s beginning to make some nice plays on more “classic” routes as well—for example the 24-yard reception in the first quarter. On that play, Cassel underthrew the ball, but Patterson did a great job slowing down and adjusting to make the catch, despite a defender hanging on him. Of course, Patterson is most dangerous when he already has the ball in his hands, such as on his 79-yard touchdown with less than a minute left in the game. Deep in their own end and trailing by three points, the Vikings offense was lined up on a 3rd and 10. Patterson ran a short screen—still behind the line of scrimmage—and caught the pass from Cassel. He got two great blocks to free him up and allow him to gain speed. He slipped one tackle and then broke into the open field. Seeing a safety cutting him off, Patterson changed direction and the safety, while trying to mirror the move, slipped and fell. Patterson scored easily after that, giving the team the lead. Unfortunately, the Vikings defense couldn’t hold on.

Week 15 - As the season has progressed, we’re beginning to get a clearer picture of the type of reception which rookie Cordarrelle Patterson will be. He caught five of his six targets, broke a lot of tackles and ran the ball very well with his two carries. He was targeted in the red zone three times—one for a touchdown, another which was a touchdown save for a fantastic play by the defender and one which isn’t an “official” target because of a pass interference penalty. Aside from that, we’re seeing him make some good adjustments to the ball in the air and is running his routes with more polish and confidence. He’s not a finished product, but he’s getting there. His touchdown catch was a nice example of the above. On the play, Patterson ran a nice fade route and the defender overplayed it a bit. The pass wasn’t perfect, but did come in on the back shoulder and Patterson did a solid job of adjusting to it and making the catch. The other noteworthy play was on his second rushing attempt. He took the ball and went right, only to find no room to run. With defenders closing in on him, it appeared as though Patterson was about to take a 10 yard loss. The announcers thought he was setting to throw, but it really didn’t seem that way. Regardless, Patterson made the first defender miss and then reversed field. He found a wide open lane on the left side of the field and headed towards the first down marker. Jumping over another defender, Patterson got the first down—making something positive out of a play which looked like a disaster.

Week 16 - As dangerous as rookie Cordarrellle Patterson is with the ball in his hands, the Minnesota Vikings continue to try and find ways to get the ball there. It worked well with the multiple end-arounds he ran and on the 35-yard touchdown run but it was a struggle to get him the ball through the air. Quarterback Matt Cassel was pretty inaccurate so while Patterson led the team in targets, he didn’t lead them in catches. It’s frustrating to watch, especially on shorter passes, because on plays like the touchdown run, you can see how effective his speed and vision is. On that play, he got to the outside after the pitch and ran almost untouched for the end zone. Defenders got near him but he was always just out of reach or just too quick for them to stop him. Patterson is progressing well and looks like he is in line for a big 2014.

Week 17 - When the Minnesota Vikings begin interviewing head coaching candidates, one of their first questions should be “How do you intend to use Cordarrelle Patterson?” If the answer is “early and often” then that’s there guy. Patterson once again showed just how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands when he took his first touch—a pitch where it almost looked like he would throw the ball—slid through the initial group of defenders, cut back across the grain to the opposite side of the field and ran for the score. He’s done this multiple times and every time he does we marvel at his athleticism, vision and speed. Patterson is definitely still a raw receiver, but he has progressed quite a bit from where he began the season. On his 8-yard touchdown reception, Patterson did a great job of using his body to shield the ball from the defender—something he didn’t excel at earlier in the season. Overall, Patterson has proven to be a very dangerous part of the offense, should be a frequently used one in 2014.