Vikings rookie wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson has had a very explosive rookie year despite a very slow start on the offensive side of the ball. Last week, the Chicago Bears did their best not to kick to Patterson. He’s hoping that the Ravens don’t employ a similar strategy this week.
“If they kick to me, I just got to make them pay for it,” Patterson said. “(Last week), I couldn’t get no kickoffs. So this week it’s payback. I’ve got to be me, man. I don’t like going a week without catching a kickoff return. It makes me feel bad, so this week is going to be a good week for me. Whatever they do, we’re going to have a plan. We’re going to see this week what Chicago did, and I know Baltimore, they’re going to try to do the same thing. So I know me and (special-teams coach Mike Priefer), we’re going to sit down and just do some extra things in practice and watch a bunch of film. … We always have secret stuff in our sleeves.”
“Secret stuff” sure sounds exciting, doesn’t it? That sounds like the 33-yard touchdown run that Patterson had against the bears when he lined up as a tailback. Don’t be surprised to see the team manufacturing more touches for the dynamic playmaker in the future.
“We’d been working on that run since Week 2,” Patterson said. “Whatever it’s time to bring it out, we expect the good weapons to come out.”
Even Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is getting more confident in the rookie standout.
“The fact we were able to put him in the backfield and do something different with him as opposed to just line him up outside, that shows how much he’s grown — and also how much confidence we have that he’ll be able to handle more as we go forward,” Frazier said.
Patterson also commented on how he feels about the different ways he can be a big part of the Minnesota Vikings success each week.
“It’s great,” said Patterson, who has 30 catches for 254 yards. “At Tennessee, I scored four different ways. The other was a punt return. I’m just showcasing myself. You’ve seen all the special things I can do. We’ve got four games left; you never know what can happen. You never know what we have up our sleeve.”
Cordarrelle was also asked jokingly about him possibly throwing a passing touchdown in the future.
“I can sling it about 80 yards,” he said.
John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, will do his best to make sure that Patterson is held in check. Earlier this week, he described Patterson as a “potential game-wrecker”. Hopefully he will get the opportunity to wreck havoc on the Ravens on Sunday.