Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) is introduced as the twenty ninth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Cordarrelle Patterson Hit the Books, Now Ready To Break Out


Even after being named an All-Pro at kick returner his rookie year, Cordarrelle Patterson knows he could have done better.

“I don’t think my work ethic was good enough last year,” Patterson said at a press conference in Winter Park today. Patterson said he came to the conclusion after looking at film from his rookie year, and vowed to be “way better” in 2014.

It may have been that work ethic that limited Patterson’s snaps at wide receiver until later in the 2013 season. 429 of Patterson’s 627 yards on offense his rookie season came in the final six games last year.

But now, Patterson doesn’t want anything to hold him back. He’s preparing for the season by studying every receiver position in Norv Turner’s offense.

“I want to learn everything this year,” Patterson said, after primarily focusing on the “X” position last year.

Norv Turner said the first thing he did as Vikings offensive coordinator was install 10 plays in his playbook for Patterson. If Patterson can learn extra positions and increase his versatility, Turner may have to (happily) head back to the drawing board.

Patterson even said he reached out to wide receiver Josh Gordon , who blossomed in his second year in the league in Turner’s system. Gordon told Patterson that Turner would find a way to give Patterson the ball.

Patterson just wants to be ready when it comes to him.

Outside of football, Patterson said he went back to Tennessee to take some classes. Patterson said he’ll miss final exams though because he’ll have to be at Winter Park for practice.

Instead, Patterson said he is thinking about continuing his education this year, possibly by attending the University of Minnesota on the side.

And what does Patterson want to study?

“I want to be a fashion designer,” Patterson said, so he’s looking at a degree in fashion.

Patterson definitely made a fashion statement at the NFL Draft last year when he wore a white dinner jacket to the ceremony. In 2014, it looks like Patterson is committed to stay “flashy,” both on and off the field.

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  • David Crosby

    I like this kid I think he’s going to turn into something special.

    • manbearpig01

      Couldn’t think of better mentors for him that Jennings and Norv.

      • David Crosby

        Exactly! Zim has brought excitement and attitude to this franchise. PACKERS BEARS and LIONS better be on notice the VIKINGS are no longer going to be push overs and we’re coming!

        • Bob E.

          Gonna be a rude awakening for every NFL “expert” when the Vikes are in the thick of it all.

          • sstran

            David, thank you for starting the comment train. No matter how it shakes out this year, I’m truly enjoying this Vikings offseason more than any since we traded for Jared Allen.

          • David Crosby

            This is the first year that I’ve planned on hitting up the draft party to be with my purple people. I think this ship is finally headed in the right direction and it’s about damn time.

      • Cool Jack

        I agree and I think with Jennings and the new coaches your going to see the Kings take the division….I believe in this team concept…!

  • guest

    Always loved this guy’s attitude and enthusiasm. His personality brings energy to the team and shows how much passion he’s got for the game. Talent is not an issue with him so as long as he works hard, look out NFL….