5 players the Minnesota Vikings gave up on too soon

Cordarrelle Patterson (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images) Cordarrelle Patterson /

Cordarrelle Patterson, kitchen sink

It can be hard to know what to do with a highly athletic player who could fit in at so many spots on a football field, but the versatility of Cordarrelle Patterson is something the Minnesota Vikings weren’t really sure what to do with.

Sure, he was an exciting kick returner with amazing speed and great vision, but the Vikings kept trying to use him as a traditional wide receiver and that wasn’t working out very well in Minnesota’s run-first offense.

Patterson spent time in Oakland, New England, and Chicago before making a name for himself as a running back with the Atlanta Falcons, averaging over four yards per carry while there and scoring 14 touchdowns on the ground in two seasons.

It is hard to know what role Patterson would have in a Minnesota Vikings offense if he was still around. It isn’t too hard to imagine him having a role similar to what Deebo Samuel has with the 49ers but the Vikings should have tried more creative ways to get him involved while they had the opportunity.

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