This season has been more about ineptitude than excellence in Minnesota, but at least one area of the team has managed to maintain a high level of performance amid the general suckitude. That would be the kick return team, which this year has produced 2 touchdowns and a league-leading yardage total. Much of that is thanks to rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, who has picked up right where Percy Harvin left off as a kick returner.
Patterson was honored earlier this season with a Special Teams Player of the Month award, and now he’s received another big pat on the back, being named the kick returner on the Pro Football Focus midseason All-Pro squad. Patterson is the only Viking to make the squad either as a starter or a backup.
Patterson’s two kick return TDs have helped bring a note of excitement to what has otherwise been a frustrating year. Of course having the league’s best kick return game is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand it’s nice to be good at something. On the other hand, if you’re returning enough kicks to lead the league in yardage, that means your defense is giving up a lot of scores.
I hope Cordarrelle remembers to acknowledge the defense when he accepts his accolade. He couldn’t have done it without them.
Tags: Minnesota Vikings