Jarius Wright will be out of tonight’s contest against the San Francisco 49ers due to a concussion last week. In Wright’s absence, the Minnesota Vikings will most likely lean heavier on rookie Wide Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
While Wright doesn’t need to prove anything, things are not so set in stone for Patterson. Patterson is being pitted against Jerome Simpson for a starting Wide Receiver job. While most believe Patterson will eventually win that role this year, a good performance by Patterson tonight could speed up that decision.
It will be interesting to see Ponder and Patterson together on the field to see what kind of chemistry the two have. Ponder has been criticized for his lack of a deep passing game, but Cordarrelle Patterson has the ability to stretch the field and make great catches. Keep an eye out for the team to connect on a few of those deep plays against the tough 49ers defense.
And even if you’re not really excited about Patterson and Ponder, there is always Adrian Peterson to get pumped about!