Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs with the ball to score a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Jennings Expects Vikings to Showcase Cordarrelle Patterson

Greg Jennings watched Cordarrelle Patterson come on strong at the end of his rookie season, and now in year two the veteran expects the explosive Patterson to become the true focal point of the Vikings’ passing game.

With that in mind, Jennings took Patterson aside recently and let him know what is expected of him in his new role as the centerpiece of the offense.

Jennings told ESPN’s Ben Goessling about his words for Patterson:

I wanted him to know that, coming in, the expectation of you is no longer “rookie.” It’s “You gotta go. We saw what you can do. We’re gonna showcase this.” For me, it was making sure that he understands that he has to be a professional. He has to be a pro’s pro when he steps foot in this building, because we’re expecting [him] to give us what we’ve seen you put out there.

Norv Turner spoke recently about his desire to “modernize” his offense. To me, that’s code for “I need to find more ways to get the ball into the hands of Cordarrelle Patterson.”

Clearly, Turner recognizes the potential in Patterson to be a major threat. He also understands that Patterson is not necessarily a traditional deep receiver in the mold of a Randy Moss. Turner realizes he has to make adjustments to his system in order to maximize Patterson’s impact.

People are expecting certain things from Turner, but they may get a new variation on the old Air Coryell-derived offense, a variation that takes advantage of Patterson as a monster out in space. Turner also clearly wants to use Jerick McKinnon in a familiar Darren Sproles-like role out of the backfield.

How will all these pieces fit together? Nobody knows. But the fact that Patterson is so central to Turner’s plan shows what the Vikings think of his talent. Patterson can be special, and Norv Turner and Greg Jennings want to help him get there.

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  • MikeH123

    That is what I heard about Patterson: “his new role as the centerpiece of the offense.” Expect this to be ADs last year in Minnesota.

    Turner is perverting the vertical offense into a dink and dunk led by noodle arm Cassel or Teddy throwing to a bunch of slot WRs.

    • Todd Robinson

      Thanks for the encouraging words Mike123. Got any positive words for the defense? Don’t leave them out!

  • Gordon Guffey

    AP will once again be important in the passing game just as he was in 2009 when Favre was the QB ~ It wasn’t by design it was Favre hitting the open man and AP keep a lot of drives alive that led to points ~ His YPC were just over 10 yards a catch if I remember correctly ~

    Jerick McKinnon will be very important and could be used as Harvin was ~ It would be fitting if Mr. McKinnon was able to produce the same kind of Yards playing WR and then lining up in the backfield from time to time ~ That would throw some mud in the Seachinkens face to be able to replace him with the 3rd rounds pick the Vikings got from that trade ~

    Dont get me wrong ~ I loved what Harvin did on the field when he could stay on the field ~ And its just my guy feeling about McKinnon that he is going to be a great all around player who can and will do many good things for the Vikings offense ~

    • Gordon Guffey

      The Vikings now have enough talent at the skill positions to get the job done ~ Doesn’t matter who the QB is ~ There ((( should ))) always be someone open on any given play in Norv’s offense ~ But its doesn’t always workout that way as we all know ~

      I’m excited about the the RBis being involved in the passing game as well as the TE’s ~ These two groups could take a lot of pressure off the QB in a big way ~

      The key to how this team does this year will be players staying healthy and ((( If ))) they can find a player who is capable of unsetting C. Johnson at left OG ~ If they can do this then this offense is capable of being as good as any in the NFL ~

    • Bob T

      Interesting thought on the utilization of McKinnon. I like him too. With Webb gone, McKinnon may see some of that kind of action. Much thicker than Harvin and Webb. Not as ripped as Harvin and not as small as Webb. McKinnon has great excelleration. I don’t think he is a whiner. I like the idea.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I believe the defense will be much improved ~ But it may take them a little time to get everyone on the same page ~ MIGHT ~ Gut feeling is that Zimmer scouted the LBers the Vikings have drafted love the last 2 years in Audie Cole ~ Gerald Hodges ~ Michael Mauti and he had a good idea he could get the most out of them based on preseason tapes and any game time these young men got ~ Zimmer also added some vets who he believes might be able to play in his defense ~ He got Brinkley~DeCicco and then he added Anthony Barr and Brandon Watts in the draft ~ Finally Zimmer has had nothing but good to great things to say about Greenway ~

    I dont have any idea about what Zimmer is going to do with the DL but the players seem to be buying in The Vikings are loaded with a boat load of talent on the DL so I look for them to play very well ~ Mus better than last year ~

    Moving away from from the Leslie Frazier’s version of the cover2 defense is going to help the defense on day one Zimmer was named HC ~ And the DB will look much improved before any new talent was added ~ I look for Derek Cox to regain his play from his days with the Jags ~ His is a big tall CB with speed who should help out in the NFCN ~ Captain Munnerlyn is a 5’9″ DB who seems to find aways to get his job done against taller WR’s and is a proven slot CB ~

    I’m excited about this years team ~

  • David Crosby

    We’re coming….