Cordarrelle Patterson Is Not Percy Harvin…And Doesn’t Want To Be


Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs after a reception against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) at AT

Vikings rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has been making an impact this year for the Vikings.  Although his major contributions so far have been on special teams as a kickoff returner, the team has been easing him into the offense.  It’s no surprise that comparisons to former Minnesota superstar Percy Harvin would come up.  Percy offered the same kind of speed and elusiveness.  Sadly, Harvin is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Patterson doesn’t like the comparisons between him and Harvin.  Here is what he had to say about the comparision:

"Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) returns a kickoff against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers win 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports“I can’t be him, I would never be him. I can only be myself,” Patterson said. “Percy Harvin is a great player but he’s not here anymore. We can’t worry about what he did here, we’ve got to let that go and just try to build something new.”"

He also responded to whether or not it is hard dealing with the Harvin comparisons:

"“It’s not hard at all. I’m me. Why would I want to be anybody else? Why would I want to be Percy Harvin, I’m trying to set my own standard,” Patterson said. “I come in each day trying to get better and just [do] what CP can do, not what Percy Harvin did so I’ve just got to be myself.”"

Patterson is right.  All he can do is be the best that he can be.  As his role increases and develops with the Vikings, the sky is the limit for the dynamic playmaker.