Cordarrelle Patterson is hard at work improving his technique, he wants all his doubters to know.
Last year Cordarrelle Patterson was criticized for not meeting with the mentor Mike Zimmer recommended he spend some quality offseason time with, choosing instead to work with so-called “Hell’s Trainer” Frank Matrisciano.
I don’t know exactly what Matrisciano did for Patterson but it certainly didn’t help Flash become a better receiver. By year’s end, Patterson would have only two receptions for a paltry ten yards. He would post a pair of touchdowns as a kick returner however.
And this offseason, what is Patterson doing besides running in the sand with Hell’s Trainer? What is he doing that might actually make him more valuable as a receiver?
He’s working on his footwork, as this Twitter video attests. There’s also an inspirational slogan!
Look, it’s easy to be snarky and say “Oh Patterson is just putting on a show of working hard and trying to get his Twitter followers to tell him how great he is, but underneath he’s still the same meathead he always was and he’ll never be a good receiver.”
But it’s equally easy to put aside the snark and say hey, maybe Patterson is finally starting to get it a little bit. Maybe this is legit. Maybe this offseason work will translate into better performance on the field.
Patterson has been a bust after three seasons, but there is still a chance he could figure it out and become a real weapon for the Vikings.
I wouldn’t necessarily bet money on Patterson turning his career around and making Rick Spielman look smart for drafting him, but the chance does nevertheless exist.
So, good for Flash. He’s out there doing work. And tweeting about it.