May 3, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) gets set for a drill at the Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Is Cordarrelle Patterson Too Raw To Make An Immediate Impact At Receiver?


In a blockbuster trade with the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings acquired the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.  They used that pick to select Cordarrelle Patterson, a Wide Receiver from the University of Tennessee.  Despite Patterson’s limited experience and raw talents, the Vikings decided he was worth taking the risk on.

The problem is that Patterson’s inexperience and lack of knowledge may keep him on the sidelines more often than he is on the field.  Although he will most likely be returning kicks for the team, Patterson will still have to prove that he can learn the route tree and the playbook before he will take over as the starter on offense.

Dec 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson (81) rushes with the football during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

That starting job is currently held by Jerome Simpson.  As a member of the Vikings last year, Simpson seemed to develop chemistry with Quarterback Christian Ponder even though he was hampered all season by injuries and served an early suspension.  He was brought back by the Vikings management with a 1-year, $2 million contract because of his familiarity with the offense and lack of depth at the Wide Receiver position.

The good news is that Patterson has already been studying his playbook and running routes with the offense.  The night before rookie minicamp, Patterson claims he spent a couple hours studying his playbook and learning the Vikings offense on paper.

Wide Receivers Coach George Stewart doesn’t think it will take very long for him to absorb all the information and is willing to put in the extra work with him.  If Patterson continues with his studying and keeps up his hard work habits, he may be named the starter sooner rather than later.

So, the big question remains:  How long will it take Patterson to learn enough to overtake Simpson as the starter?  Will it happen during training camp?  Mid-season?  Next season?  Only time will tell.

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  • Billy Schwandt

    What a difference a year makes on the Vikings receivers. A healthy Simpson, Carlson with another year in the same system and same coaches. Wright with last years games and another year, Greg Jennings and his leadership and skill and the Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph!!! O ya then there is still Greg Childs that looks to be making a strong recovery. Then there is the rookie CP who will light up the NFL!!! Ya we just may be one of the best receiving groups in the NFL with the Best running back of all time in his Prime with a Pro Bowl Full back and an O line all together for another year after 3 new starters with one a new poition from last year. Ya Superbowl Baby!!!

    • Anthony DuLac

      No offense to Greg Childs but he won’t play again. Anyone who thinks he will is dreaming. Truth is we have one bona fide good receiver in Jennings (who can be amazing at times and in the right situations) but even he is older and injury-prone a bit. Simpson will be useless again – no reason to think otherwise. Carlson was awful and he’s injury-prone, anyway, so he’s useless. Rudolph, I’ll agree, is fantastic and one of our receiving corps’ bright spots. Cordarelle should develop into the real deal but time will tell. So we have a great tight end and a great receiver albeit one who IS older and probably still injury-prone and that’s about it.
      We’re pretty lucky we have AP but if he goes down again, we’re probably toast. We still need another star receiver or two and a really strong backup RB as well.
      And the points listed above don’t even include the fact that Ponder just isn’t that great and may never really develop into a true-blue NFL QB for us. I remain cautiously pessimistic at this point. I am somewhat intrigued by the Cassell acquisition as I think he’s a more potent QB than Ponder ever will be. I hope I’m wrong and Ponder does really well this year but it seems unlikely all things considered. Either way we’ll do our best with what we have. SKOL VIKINGS!!

  • Mandooooo

    I will admit I took all the “analyst” and “talking heads” words about CP to heart, saying how raw he is and how “dumb” he is. But the thing is, he bounced around trying to get into a football program, and he only spent 1 season or 4 months in a D-1 program and even with “limited” knowledge about football, he still put up amazing numbers! Look at his stats last year and think to yourself, “with LIMITED football knowledge running PURELY on talent, skill and instinct this kid put up those numbers” (watch tape of him and think the same about the plays he made). Then realize, he is going to learn from a “pro’s pro” in Greg Jennings and other vets around him like Simpson. Honestly, there is nowhere for CP to go but up, and he will go very far. He will be able to make an impact, huge impact at that, just with his skill, talent and instinct for the game. And he clearly has the work ethic to make up for what he doesn’t yet know. I bet he’s going to be freaking glued to Jennings’ side absorbing everything he can from this guy, and next year… the league better watch out, CP will be the #1 WR in the league.

  • Charles Stocks

    Use him on screens until he learns the finer points of being a wideout

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.rice.75098 Robert Rice

    After watching film of CP’s Tennessee highlights I think he is one of the most exciting, dynamic, fun-to-watch receivers since I can remember when. He will be fantastic.