Cordarrelle Patterson gets involved in Vikings offense


Cordarrelle Patterson hasn’t had many chances to get involved in the Vikings offense this year but he did get the opportunity for a positive play on Sunday against San Diego.

With the Vikings looking to build on their lead in the 3rd quarter, Norv Turner put Patterson on the field and let him do just about the only thing he can do as an offensive “weapon.”

Patterson lined up wide on the left then came on the jet sweep, taking the handoff from Teddy Bridgewater and turning the ball up the field.

Using his great skills as a runner, Patterson worked his way for a 9-yard gain.

It wasn’t a home run play by any stretch but it did get some yards and did help to keep the Chargers’ defense off-balance.

More importantly, showing that jet sweep will theoretically make the fake jet sweep more effective in the future.

Patterson may be worthless as an actual receiver who can line up, beat corners at the line of scrimmage, get open and catch passes, but he does have some hypothetical value as a gimmick weapon/decoy.

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Of course plays like the above are only going to work once a game, maybe twice if you face a really stupid team, but at least you have that in your arsenal in case you need it.

As far as Patterson’s value as a decoy…I’m not sure many teams are going to be concerned enough about Patterson to be fooled if you run him out there, but you never know.

Maybe one of these days a defense will be so worried about Patterson busting off a nine-yard jet sweep on them that they’ll go hard on a fake and give up a big play to someone else.

It could happen, I guess.

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