Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) celebrates his touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings may have had a rough season, but things are certainly looking up for rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Patterson has emerged as a candidate for Rookie of the Year despite getting a slow start to the year. That start was due to coaches taking the time to get him acclimated to the offense. Now that Patterson has had a chance to get to know some things, he has performed well enough to earn the title of “Offensive Rookie of the Month” for December.
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
December was a great month for Patterson. He had 375 total yards and six total touchdowns in December. Here is a quick breakdown of those numbers:
- 16 receptions
- 219 receiving yards
- 3 receiving touchdowns
- 10 carries
- 156 yards
- 3 rushing touchdowns
Only three other Minnesota players have won an Offensive Rookie of the Month award: Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, and Percy Harvin.
Don’t forget that Patterson is only 22 years old. This young guy has a long career ahead of him. And if he can continue to improve and play at a high level, he will be a Vikings fan favorite for a long, long time.