Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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2016 will be Cordarrelle Patterson’s make or break year as a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings as Head Coach Mike Zimmer pointed out at a recent NFL owners meeting.

“If he wants to be something other than just a returner, this is the year he has to do it. If he wants to be a NFL wide receiver, this is the time,” Zimmer said. “A lot of guys grow up slower than others, at different times, in different stages. Guys kind of blossom in their third or fourth year. I don’t know if it’s going to happen — I hope it does, for our sake. I’m not trying to make excuses for him, but he wasn’t at Tennessee very long. There’s a lot of factors: I don’t think he was quite really ready when he came in the NFL. You’re always hoping — because he has the talent to do it. But there’s guys that do and guys that don’t. Right now, he’s right on the fence.”

Last offseason, Patterson opted not to do extra training when he had the opportunity to work with and be mentored by a Hall of Fame wide receiver. Consequently, his 2015 season was a huge disappointment after being relegated to only kick return duties. The former first-round pick caught only two balls on just two targeted attempts all season. This offseason, Patterson is taking his craft more seriously by working out with quarterback guru and route-running coach Steve Calhoun of Orange County California.

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With Vikings Nation eager to draft Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell or TCU’s Josh Doctson on day one of the draft, an exciting mid-round talent like California’s leading receiver Kenny Lawler has quietly stayed below the surface of the draft hype and speculation around Winter Park. Lawler has been a touchdown making machine for Jared Goff and he also joins his record-setting quarterback as juniors making the jump to the NFL.

Kenny Lawler | Wide Receiver, California

Measurements

Height – 6′ 2″
Weight – 203 pounds
Year – Junior

At First Glance

First-Team All-Pac 12

Projected Round:

3rd Round

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Dates for offseason workouts, OTAs, and minicamp

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The Minnesota Vikings won’t christen U.S. Bank Stadium until the start of the 2016 regular season, but they will return to Winter Park long before the opening of their brand new home in downtown Minneapolis. As first reported by ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Vikings will begin offseason workouts just 17 days from now, on April 18. He also shared the team’s full schedule through June, as follows:

  • Offseason Workouts — April 18
  • Organized Team Activities (OTAs) — May 24-26, May 31-June 2 and June 6-9
  • Mandatory Minicamp — June 14-16

This offseason will likely be much calmer than the last, when Adrian Peterson held out through the beginning of June. When he finally returned to the practice field, the Vikings were well into their offseason program and looking ahead to training camp.

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Finally the NFL Draft is here! Well, almost.

At least now the league’s annual event is less than one month away from taking place. Soon enough, each team will do their best at selecting the right players to add to their roster and then the Cleveland Browns will end the careers of a new set of rookies.

Unlike the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings have not made an enemy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and are going to be allowed to keep their first round selection in this year’s draft. With their very first draft pick in 2016, will the Vikings keep it boring or will they use the selection to become the talk of the league after the draft’s opening night?

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Long time linebacker Chad Greenway has agreed to return to the Vikings on a one year deal.

Greenway’s return to the team leaves very little question about the Vikings ‘starting’ three linebackers entering the final month prior to the 2016 NFL draft.

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