Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) drops a pass defended by Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) during the second quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Keep An Eye On Patterson Against 49ers

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.

Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) attempts to break a tackle from Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) after catching a pass in the second quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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!


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  • Wayne Davis

    Yea wasent all that exciting!…questional play calling… Hopfully KWill will be ok after that shady hit by 9er lineman(no flag)

  • MikeH123

    Patterson had 2 catches for 11 yards! While Patterson has the size and speed of a prototypical deep threat, he specializes in the short ball like Wright and Jennings. Simpson is the Vikings deep threat. While that may seem pathetic, it doesn’t matter with noodle-arm QBs like Ponder and Cassel. The Vikings need to see what rocket arm Bethel-Thompson can do with Simpson or Webb or Burton.

  • Daniel Laxen

    I’d be shocked if MBT makes this team! Ponder has been unimpressive this preseason…The WRs aren’t the problem this year if he fails?…The middle of our defense was Swiss cheese last night…Right now not looking forward to week 1 vs. the Lions…The team to beat in the NFC North this year IMO…They still have to make the plays, but CJ is as unstoppable at AP. The addition of Reggie Bush gives them a legitimate threat at RB. Something that was sorely lacking the last 5 years. Look for the Lions to resemble the Saints of recent years on offense…If the Vikings don’t get it together soon it will be a long season for us Viking fans!

    • MikeH123

      The Lions have been trying to get Reggie Bush for years. But I dont see the similarity to the Saints, which is more of a QB led team. I think they are much like the 99 Vikings who were 15-1 and set the scoring record with Stafford playing strong-armed Cunningham, CJ playing Moss, and Bush playing Robert Smith. Stafford and CJ will stretch the field to pull defenders out of the box for Bush to run wild. But I am not sure who plays Cris Carter.