WR Cordarrelle Patterson - Chicago Bears
|6-2, 216||Born: 3-17-1991||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2013|
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 54 / 1 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Patterson's big play was a 55 yard touchdown, set up by a pick play from Josh Gordon. It was fairly smooth sailing from there. Tom Brady also misfired on a slant route at the goal line to C-Patt, though his defender was on him pretty well. He didn't do much else on the day, as his two other touches were manufactured and went for -1 yards.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Patterson fumbled a kickoff early in the game, but redeemed himself by housing the ensuing kickoff for 95 yards. He was almost completely phased out of the offense.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 10 / 38 / 0 rush)
Interestingly, Patterson played ahead of Kenjon Barner as the primary ball carrier along with James White, but couldn't do anything with the carries besides one chunk play. Credit the Bills defense for winning the run game battle, but Patterson seemed to run with a very straight line kind of style rather than reading blocks. He did read the play well on his long gain, but beyond that, there wasn't enough room to operate.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 11 / 61 / 1 rush)
With Sony Michel on the shelf, Patterson once again operated as a lead back, toting the ball 11 times. He actually looked very good with the ball, showing explosion on his touches. The Patriots also ensured he had space to run on some of his plays, as Patterson tends to excel as a žspaceÓ type player. His score was from 8 yards out with a nice hole on the left side, as was his run of 17 yards in a very similar manner. Though he runs slightly wild, Patterson clearly has the chops should the Pats need him in a back capacity.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)
With Sony Michel, Patterson's role was reduced as expected. While he may see a handful of touches here and there, he won't have a feature role barring injury.
2018 Week 14 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 51 / 1 rec)
C-Patt's play of note was a deep touchdown by Tom Brady. Patterson outran his defender, and Brady fired an absolute laser with pinpoint accuracy. Patterson also missed another deep shot from Brady. As it stood, he was a bit player, but his role changes week by week.
2018 Week 16 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec, 4 / 66 / 0 rush)
Cordarelle Patterson had a strong game on the ground against the Bills. Patterson was used on four end around sweep plays, that gashed Buffalo for big gains. Buffalo had no answers for New England's running game, and Patterson was a key component. Patterson only managed one reception on a whip route. Patterson will face the New York Jets in week 17.
2017 Week 1 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
The Raiders were creative in getting Patterson a couple early touches. He rushed for five yards on an end around, showing his power by running through the first tackle attempt. Deep in the red zone, Patterson lined up in the backfield as a running back next to Carr and caught a short swing pass. He managed just two yards as the corner made a nice open field tackle. He didn't have a touch or target after the first quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 3 / 57 / 1 rush)
Patterson continues to see plenty of snaps as the third wide receiver but hasn't made much of an impact when lined up outside. The most interesting development this week for the Raiders offense was the slightly expanded usage of Patterson as a running back. There are some intriguing similarities between Patterson and the Packers' Ty Montgomery. While Patterson may not have the route-running chops to be an impact receiver, he is certainly an above average pass catcher at the running back position. The 6'2, 220-pound Patterson has always run with impressive physicality. On a first-quarter run, he took a pitch from Carr down the right sideline and trucked a Jets safety, gaining seven yards. Patterson raced for a 43-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. He lined up next to Carr in shotgun formation on a 3rd-and-1. He took the handoff through a big hole up the middle and Patterson took it from there, making a Jets safety look silly with a cut in the open field to turn what would have been a solid gain into the long touchdown. Especially from a dynasty perspective, Patterson's potential transition to running back bears watching.
2017 Week 3 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Patterson was again effective in his brief appearances at running back. He took his first carry off of right tackle for eight yards and again showed impressive power for a player who has spent nearly his entire career as a wide receiver.
2017 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 6 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
With Crabtree out, Patterson saw some extra snaps on offense. He was targeted exclusively as an underneath target and pulled in each of his targets, mostly for small gains. His longest game came on a quick comeback route from Manuel on which he was able to turn upfield and gain 11 yards. He lined up as a running back once early in the game. He took the shotgun handoff for a short gain off of right tackle.
2017 Week 6 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec, 3 / 55 / 1 rush)
Patterson had another quiet day as a pass catcher but continues to look excellent in limited snaps as a running back and ran for a long touchdown on on end around when lined up at wide receiver. At running back, he took a 3rd-and-4 pitch for a 5-yard gain down the right sideline, running through an arm tackle attempt for the final two yards. He lowered his head and picked up 4 yards on a tough carry up the middle. The big play came in the fourth quarter. He lined up at receiver and took the handoff on an end around. He sped around the end and once he was in the open field, his elite kick-return skills showed as he cut past a cornerback and sprinted into the end zone for a 47-yard touchdown.
2017 Week 7 vs KC (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Patterson's playing time was down (just 22% of the snaps) but he played well when given the opportunity. He made a one-handed grab despite tight coverage to move the chains on an early third down.
2017 Week 12 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 72 / 0 rec)
Patterson nearly caught a short touchdown but bobbled the ball and couldn't hold on. He was able to draw a pass interference penalty on the play, however. Paterson also made one of the plays of the game on a 54-yard reception that sealed the win for the Raiders. On 3rd-and-8 with just over two minutes left, he lined up in the slot against single coverage and ran a deep slant. Carr lofted it high, Patterson beat his man and was able to run under it. He then somehow broke lose from two tacklers to tack on another 20 yards to the gain.
2017 Week 13 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 97 / 0 rec, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
The second drive of the game for the Raiders resulted in a three-and-out but highlighted the many ways they wanted to get the ball into Patterson's hands. First down, Patterson lined up at wide receiver and ran a reverse, that went for a short loss. Second down, he picked up a solid gain on a wide receiver screen. Third down, he lined up at running back next to Carr and took a shotgun handoff up the middle for a couple yards. Patterson was explosive after the catch, taking a quick screen for a gain of 15 yards. He also made the play of the game to setup the game-winning touchdown by taking a short catch and exploding down the sideline for a 59-yard gain before tripped up by his shoestrings inside the 10-yard line.
2017 Week 14 vs KC (6 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Patterson wasn't unable to get anything going. He played nearly half the snaps, all lined up as a traditional wide receiver. He grabbed a couple of short passes, but unlike in recent weeks was unable to generate any yardage after the catch.
2017 Week 15 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Patterson was mostly an afterthought on offense, with just a pair of short targets. He was dropped for a loss on a reverse. Patterson had a 100-yard touchdown on a kick return called back due to holding.
2017 Week 17 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Patterson had a 20-yard gain on a crossing route called back due to a block in the back.
2016 Week 1 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Patterson continues to do very little offensively and is only a weapon only when returning kicks.
2016 Week 2 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Patterson continues to just be a kick returner, though he did carry the ball once in the fourth quarter with Adrian Peterson out.
2016 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Patterson remains a kick returner for the most part and not much else, though he did show some of the skills the Vikings thought he had when they took him in the first round in 2013. On his singular target and catch, Patterson caught a short dump pass at the line of scrimmage. He broke an initial tackle and turned upfield and then dragged two more players for a couple more yards before getting brought down. That sort of ability after the catch makes it puzzling why he isn't involved more with short passes, but nobody in Minnesota seems to be able to come up with a way to take advantage of his ability in the system they have.
2016 Week 4 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Just as we'd given up hope (and perhaps long past for some people), Patterson sees a large amount of work in a game. First Patterson showed off his elusiveness and ability after the catch on a screen pass he took for 21 yards. Then he took a post route into the end zone and drew a pass interference call, setting up the team for the first touchdown of the game. The team used Patterson as a running back, as part of a WildCat package as well as a receiver all to good effect. Patterson even showed some solid route running (something he has not done before), making sure he got the first down marker before turning to catch the ball. Offensive coordinator tried hard to get the ball into Patterson's hands quickly and let the receiver show off his athleticism and speed to gain extra yards.
2016 Week 5 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 39 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
While he continues to be in the backfield on occasion and be involved with gadget plays, Patterson has found himself more and more frequently out on routes. Those routes have noticeably improved and he is playing with more confidence than we have seen before. On his touchdown, a 9-yard reception in the fourth quarter, the defender actually had fairly good positon on Patterson, but the receiver fought for the ball and aggressively took it. Patterson may finally be morphing into the receiver and weapon the Vikings had thought they drafted in the first round a few years back.
2016 Week 8 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
After three games in a row with six or more targets (resulting in 19 catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns) the Vikings oddly never got Patterson the ball until late in the game. Considering the damage he can do on short passes and the frequency of defenders blowing up the offensive line, one would have thought this was a good time for offensive coordinator Norv Turner to go back to that well. He made a nice play to get a first down in the fourth quarter on his second catch, but his final catch came on the last play of the game and resulted in a half-hearted catch and run for a first down but nowhere near the 98 yards the team needed to score.
2016 Week 9 vs DET (8 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
Patterson seemed to be the forgotten man last week against the Chicago Bears, but new offensive coordinator used him a bunch against the Lions. Patterson was consistent in catching the ball, save for one, huge drop which would have been a game changing touchdown along the back of the end zone. On the play the ball was a little high so it would make it over the defense, and Patterson did a great job extending his body to get his hands on the ball but couldn't hang on instead dropping a potential game winning touchdown. Patterson had mental error as well where he was flagged for offensive pass interference and cost the team a solid Jerick McKinnon catch and run for a first down. It was good to see him involved in the gameplan again, but he has to stop with the mental errors, which cost the Vikings twice Sunday.
2016 Week 10 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
After a brief burst of production, Patterson has seen his targets throttled back quite a bit. One thing stands out in his targets and that is the offense not trying to get him the ball in space. For all of Norv Turner's issues, when he used Patterson, he got the ball to him when he had room to move and make tacklers miss. Most of Patterson's routes seem more traditional, which is a good sign in terms of Patterson doing more actual receiver work, but odd considering how dynamic he can be with the ball in his hands.
2016 Week 11 vs ARI (8 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
With Patrick Peterson on top of Stefon Diggs, Patterson led the team in targets, but his biggest impact was on special teams where he was able to score the longest kick return touchdown in Vikings history. On that play we saw everything Patterson is capable of with the ball in his hands--his vision of the field, ability to find holes, the athleticism to get through them and the breakaway speed to get away from defenders. The Vikings continue to get him involved and often it seems as if he is one juke away from a huge gain, but he catches so many balls short that it's rare for it to happen.
2016 Week 12 vs DET (5 / 5 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Patterson didn't see much use on a day when his run-after-the-catch ability should have been a huge factor. Instead, the lack of a vertical game allowed the defense to stay close to the line of scrimmage, limiting Patterson's ability both to get open initially as well as make anything happen after the catch. The combination capped Patterson's opportunities and his production.
2016 Week 13 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Patterson started off his night by getting flagged for offensive pass interference. He was called to run the ball once, and otherwise only saw a handful of targets on shorter routes.
2016 Week 14 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Patterson was mostly an option on very short plays where the defender was on top of him right as he made his catch. He did have what could have been a first down catch knocked away by a defender before he could secure it in the third quarter as well.
2016 Week 15 vs IND (8 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Patterson did a nice job overall, helping out when Adam Thielen was injured and left the game with a neck injury. He was the wide open checkdown on a 12-yard play where he caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and took it for a first down. Patterson also was wide open on a terrible throw by Sam Bradford in the red zone in the third quarter, as the quarterback missed him wide. Patterson finished his day with a really nice 19-yard catch and run late in the game, as he caught the ball on a short out, then slipped a pair of tackles to add on some extra yards.
2016 Week 16 vs GB (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Patterson didn't touch the ball on returns Saturday, as the team opted to go with Adam Thielen and tight end David Morgan. He saw a limited role on passing downs, mostly in the second half and with limited success. His role seems to have been reduced across the board lately and it's unclear what, if anything, that bodes for his future.
2016 Week 17 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)
On Patterson's one catch, he got a bit of separation down the sideline and then made a nice adjustment on a slightly underthrown ball for a 39-yard gain.
2015 Week 1 vs SF (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Patterson's one target came on a quick pass which was supposed to take advantage of the receiver's ability to scramble after the catch, but the Niners weren't fooled and he was tackled almost immediately
2015 Week 3 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Patterson got one touch on an end around and looked as dangerous and tough to bring down as he did in his rookie year, but that was it for him on offense.
2015 Week 4 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
While coach Mike Zimmer said he expected Patterson to have an expanded role in this game, that never happened. On the field for just 17 offensive snaps, Patterson continues to run soft routes and struggle to get open. A huge disappointment since the Vikings moved back into the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Patterson is a special teams guy at this point and nothing else.
2014 Week 1 vs STL (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec, 3 / 102 / 1 rush)
When the Minnesota Vikings and offensive coordinator Norv Turner talked about getting Patterson more involved, they weren't kidding. That immediately paid dividends as Patterson totaled 128 yards combined. Most of that was on the ground though, and Patterson was only targeted five times in the passing game. That was in part because the Vikings just didn't pass a ton, especially once they had a lead. He did a ton with the chances he had though, including a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter (his last touch of the game incidentally). On the play, Patterson took the toss from quarterback Matt Cassel and went right. The offensive line did a great job of giving him a clean edge to run through, and then the downfield blockers cleared the way for him to get to the second level. Then it was all Patterson as he shook off two defenders, cut back to the middle of the field and broke another tackle. Then he broke to the left and towards the end zone, juked a defender and, with a block from receiver Adam Thielen, scored the touchdown. Everything there is to love about Patterson was on display--his speed, his athleticism, his agility and his motor all helped him create a play which broke the back of the St. Louis Rams.
2014 Week 2 vs NE (7 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
While the output was less than he provided last week, Patterson's overall workload remained about the same. The Patriots did a good job of taking him away on many plays and the pass rush did the rest, limiting what quarterback Matt Cassel could do as well. Cassel also started holding the ball too long as the game progressed, although it is unclear if he was waiting for a route to come open or a player to come back and help him out. Patterson's best play came in the second quarter on a short pass to the right which he took for a 26 yard gain. Patterson ran what initially looked like an inside slant route, but he made a sharp cut outside and ran for the sideline. Cassel got the ball to him about halfway there and Patterson turned it upfield. A defender was running stride for stride with him, but the receiver slammed on the breaks, making the player run past him as he cut inside again. Patterson then accelerated past another defender before other Patriots players cut him off and forced him towards the middle of the field where he was tackled. It was an electrifying play, and one which showed off all the attributed you love about Patterson--speed, agility, athleticism and tremendous open-field vision. If there was one downside to Patterson's day, it was that he was a target on one of Cassel's interceptions. On the play, Patterson was running a across the middle of the field when Cassel delivered the ball just a bit too slowly, forcing Patterson to slow down (which didn't help as the ball still ended up behind him) and letting the defender get inside of the receiver for the pick. Overall, Patterson's touches were once again limited, though the reason for this isn't totally clear. It could be Cassel, it could be Norv Turner or it could be something with Patterson, though it's hard to believe that one given how dynamic he looks.
2014 Week 3 vs NO (5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
Patterson had a solid day, catching most of his targets (although his one "miss" was actually a ball quarterback Matt Cassel was throwing away) and adding a few yards on his one run play. Still, it seems odd that the team only finds ways to get him the ball six times in a game, especially when they are losing. With as much talent as he has, a big play always seems to be one open field missed tackle away from occurring. Such as on his first catch on a short pass he received from Cassel in the first quarter which he took for a 35-yard gain. And that's an accurate way to describe it as Patterson just turned around at the line of scrimmage, was thrown the ball and took it for a huge gain. On the run, Patterson showed off the ability to stop and start again in a split second to make defenders miss or overrun him, his overall athleticism and a great deal of speed. The Vikings need to continue to find more ways than this to get him the ball and take full advantage of his abilities.
2014 Week 4 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
While Patterson had a quiet day, it is a good sign that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn't force the ball to him, as as Judd Zulgad of ESPN 1500 wrote. The Falcons worked hard to limit Patterson's impact, but that opened things up for other offensive weapons like Jerick McKinnon and Jarius Wright. As Patterson told Zulgad, "You can't focus on one person, we have too many weapons on this offense," said Patterson, whose two catches got him 38 yards. "Jarius Wright had his career high, Greg [Jennings] had three catches for seventy -some yards. You just can't focus on one person. You have to worry about all these threats we have on offense." While Patterson himself was held to just a pair of catches, both of those receptions showed an improvement in route running from him as well as good hands and a willingness to take a hit (and hold onto the ball) when tackled during a catch.
2014 Week 5 vs GB (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Patterson left the game in the third quarter with a hip injury, but things weren't fantastic even before then. As of Monday, the hip was fine (reported by The Pioneer Press) and Patterson wanted more targets. Meanwhile, head coach Mike Zimmer says the team wants him more involved, but as Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune tweeted out earlier, he needs to work on getting more open. Zimmer also said he did that last Thursday night, which merely reinforces what a bad night quarterback Christian Ponder had. Patterson's first target was on a slant when he was well covered and the throw was high. The second one was deflected by a Packers defender at the line and fell into linebacker Julius Pepper's hands, though Peppers was well situated to make a play on the ball anyway. The final one was on a short pass for six yards, where Patterson lined up in the backfield and caught a screen pass. He reached the first down marker and was tackled, which is apparently when he hurt his hip. He came out shortly after.
2014 Week 6 vs DET (8 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Patterson led the Vikings with eight targets, but was an insignificant part of the offense in the home loss to Detroit. His short targets were defended well, one reception was called back by penalty, and an end zone target early in the game was an easy interception by a roaming safety. Without an opportunity to use his after-the-catch ability or get behind the defense, the Vikings passing game bogged down with sacks, turnovers, and three points on the scoreboard. No other Vikings pass-catcher had a good game pointing to a tough matchup and an offense seeking an identity.
2014 Week 7 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
The Vikings continue to not use Patterson as often as the rest of the world thinks they should, though he did manage to score a touchdown on a nice screen pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the middle of the second quarter. On the play, Patterson slipped out to the left of the formation, and caught Bridgewater's short pass. He turned towards the end zone, slipped a tackle and spun past the goal line for a score.
2014 Week 8 vs TB (12 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
It was a good news/bad news kind of day for Cordarrelle Patterson. The bad news is he left the stadium in a walking boot after the game, having sustained a bruised ankle. Reports are that it isn't a big deal, but we'll see how it looks later in the season. The good news is he had what was one of his best days as a receiver. He saw a dozen targets and while some of them were not quality throws, he reeled in six of them and did a great job using his speed and athleticism to gain yards after the catch. He did a really nice job keeping his feet in bounds twice in the fourth quarter on third downs to extend drives. Patterson also drew a key pass interference penalty on the drive where the Vikings went down the field to tie the game and send it into overtime. While the two haven't quite worked their chemistry out, Patterson came up big several times against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is proving himself to be a vital part of this offense.
2014 Week 9 vs WAS (7 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
It was a tough day for Cordarrelle Patterson, who was tied with tight end Chase Ford for the second most targets (with seven) but whose targets were universally badly thrown balls. They were too high, too wide, too far--on one deep route where Washington's secondary blew the coverage and Patterson was wide open downfield, all three happened at once, as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a ball three to five yards too far for Patterson. If he had underthrown it, Patterson could have slowed and caught it, but the ball was just too far. He was targeted deep two more times, once on a ball which was underthrown with a defender in tight coverage who knocked the pass away and another time when it was overthrown and nearly intercepted.
2014 Week 11 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Patterson continues to be minimized in this offense, either because he isn't doing the things he is supposed to or because he hasn't had time to get open. Or maybe it's because the line is so bad, Teddy Bridgewater has no time to find him. Regardless, Patterson did a nice job when catching the ball, but very rarely was in a space where he could add yards after the catch and have a greater impact on the game.
2014 Week 12 vs GB (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Patterson was dinged up on a kickoff return and missed a chunk of the game, but that doesn't explain the low target count. His first target came on a pass which at first glance appeared to have been overthrown. However, Patterson was held by safety Micah Hyde. More than likely the Teddy Bridgewater pass was about where it should have been, and had Patterson not been held he would have been in position to make the play. His other catch was a short one on a slant, but he was well covered and could not add yards to the play after he caught the ball.
2014 Week 14 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Whether because of issues with learning the playbook, bad route running, body odor or some other unknown factor, Cordarrelle Patterson is a non-factor in the offense. He didn't do all that much returning kicks either, but was never targeted and only ran the ball once on a nice misdirection play in the second quarter.
2014 Week 15 vs DET (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Cordarrelle Patterson is a non-factor in this offense. All three of his targets were thrown high, but on two of which Patterson was able to extend his body and make the catch. On the third target he appeared to be knocked down, though there was no flag on the play.
2014 Week 16 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
At this point, Cordarrelle Patterson is a glorified return man. Something is off on his part, and it does seem like his routes could be better. That said, Bridgewater doesn't look for him much and Patterson is far down below Greg Jennings, Charles Johnson and even Jarius Wright in the pecking order.
2014 Week 17 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Patterson was targeted just one time, on a pass which was thrown a little behind him but was catchable and was intercepted by Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater appeared to throw behind Patterson because there was a Bears safety bringing pressure and cutting off Patterson's route. If Bridgewater hadn't adjusted his throw, the defender probably would have made a play on the ball anyway. The pass went through Patterson's hands and right into cornerback Kyle Fuller's arms. That was the only time he was looked at. Both coach Mike Zimmer and fellow receiver Greg Jennings want to help Patterson improve his game this offseason, but there appears to be a huge amount of work to be done with the former first round draft pick.
2013 Week 1 vs DET (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 2 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
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
2013 Week 3 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 49 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 4 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 7 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 8 vs GB (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 9 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 10 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)
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.
2013 Week 11 vs SEA (9 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 12 vs GB (11 / 8 / 54 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 13 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec, 2 / 27 / 1 rush)
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.
2013 Week 14 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 141 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 15 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 16 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec, 3 / 54 / 1 rush)
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.
2013 Week 17 vs DET (5 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec, 2 / 54 / 1 rush)
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.