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Patterson Bypassed Help From a Hall of Famer During the Summer

This past summer, one of the hot Vikings related topics was associated with trying to figure out what former player was asked to work with Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the offseason. The Vikings coaches felt their young receiver could benefit from working out with an experienced former professional player.

Minnesota fans and media spent a decent amount of time trying to figure out who the player was, but no definitive answer could be found. At least until earlier this morning.

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin revealed today on the NFL Network pre-game show GameDay Morning that he was indeed the former player that Vikings coaches had asked to work with Patterson. It was known that Patterson passed on the opportunity, but now we know that he said no thanks to working with a Hall of Famer.

When asked about Irvin’s comment, Patterson had nothing to say.

Was it the best decision by Patterson to turn down help from Irvin? Based on his performance this season, that answer is likely “no.”

The 24 year old receiver has only two catches for 10 yards this season and has had no role in Minnesota’s offense. The majority of his production has come on kick returns where he is averaging just over 29 yards on 22 returns, including one for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in Week 10.

The Vikings are in dire need of more production from not only Patterson, but the rest of the receivers on their roster, as well. Before the start of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota’s passing offense was tied for 30th in the NFL in terms of passing yards per game. The lack of production from the team’s wide receivers has definitely hurt the offense’s ability to move the ball down the field.

In Sunday’s win over the Falcons, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw 20 completions and only 30 percent of those throws were to wide receivers. In comparison, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22 passes and 72 percent of those balls were thrown to Falcons wide receivers.

In Minnesota’s last four games, their receivers have only caught 36 percent (26) of the 72 completions thrown by Bridgewater. Rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs has caught 58 percent of those 26 passes, but he cannot do it by himself.

If the Vikings want to be a legitimate contender for the remainder of the season, they need their receivers to step up their play in a big way. There are currently no Michael Irvins on this roster, but there are plenty of receivers capable of making plays who do not have the last name Diggs.

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Adam Patrick

Adam has been rooting for the Vikings ever since he saw Randall Cunningham win NFC Special Teams Player of the week in 1997. Since his career sports highlights include 3rd place at 5th Grade Golf Camp and catching a ball during a soccer game (he was not playing goalie), Adam turned to writing. He considers himself a 'Vikings Realist' as he does not shy away from criticizing the purple and gold if necessary. He will not always write about the popular topics, but his goal is to provide readers with content they cannot find anywhere else. Follow him on Twitter @Str8_Cash_Homey

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  1. Hopefully the offer still stands and Patterson decides it would be in his best interest to learn from one of the best. It would require CP84 to swallow his pride a bit more than he would most likely prefer, though.

  2. Nice article Adam. Welcome to VT.

    I’m reserving my comments about your haircut for another time.

  3. I think Patterson is pretty much done in Minnesota,and the coaches have shown their hand by excluding him from the offence.Mike Zimmer gave Patterson a great opportunity by setting up the gig with Irvin,but Patterson foolishly shunned that opportunity.He clearly has allowed his ego to take control and thinks he knows better than the coaches.Zimmer likes guys that put in the hard work,Patterson’s actions show that he doesn’t want to do that.

  4. Not really sure how this news makes me feel. Before everyone jumps on Patterson for not working out with Irvin, it’s worth noting that Patterson did work out with Irvin before the draft on NFLN’s Playmakers series. It very well could be that Patterson’s experience with Irvin from that left him wanting nothing to do with the former Cowboys hall of famer. At the same time, it’s hard to understand how he would not want to tap into Irvin’s knowledge of how his position specifically should look in Norv’s offense. I also could not find any clips or articles where Irvin was knocking Patterson before the draft, if anything he seemed pretty complimentary of the potential he had, so there wouldn’t seem to be anything Irvin did publically to make Patterson hold a grudge. Interestingly enough, Irvin did speak specifically about how it would take Patterson time to learn a vertical based offense that had precise timing based routes…like the one we run now. The Vikings drafted him originally to fill Percy’s role in the Musgrave offense, and he did that very well as a rookie. Had Norv already been here I have a feeling Patterson never would have been considered and either Keenan Allen or Terrance Williams may have gotten their names called in the 2nd or 3rd round. The scheme change didn’t do him any favors and it isn’t going to surprise me if he returns to his rookie form when he gets a chance somewhere else where the scheme allows him to rely more on his athletic abilities. I wish the guy could get on the same page with Norv, but I tend to agree that it isn’t going to happen at this point. I also wish Norv would find a way to get him the ball a few times a game to showcase his big play abilities and get him some trade value. The one positive is that Patterson hasn’t made any waves whatsoever about his role. He seems to be a well liked guy around the team and if he’s content to return kicks the next year and a half that’s exactly what he’ll be doing.

    1. A bit long, but good comment as always Dan. I’m not sure how much stock I put into this either…Irvin was a great WR. But even so…so what. Maybe he’s not a good mentor. I know he worked his butt off, but it might not project as a coach. If anyone was watching nfl network this evening…he sounded drunk. Just saying.

  5. Is there much difference between Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Football in regards to: 1) where they were chosen in the draft, 2) the potential upside they exhibited coming out of college and in some early starts, and 3) the disappointment they have shown despite numerous chances?

    1. Numerous chances?????????

      Since the human Acne Scar Norv got her there has been very littel chance for him. Yes I am sure most of that i on him.

      Byut man F*CK YOU NORV!!!

      This guy is LETHAL int he open field with the ball in his hands…like ELITE LETHAL

  6. welcome, adam

    CP84 made a big mistake not doing whatever his coaches asked him to do. not smart

    if CP84 had a problem with irvin, he should have mentioned that and asked for another recommendation. at the very least, he needed to recognize that they were trying to tell him what direction to look at for help and get that help. instead, he chose only a tough conditioning coach. an even better choice would’ve been to get both WR route coaching and conditioning coaching. he’s still too immature and glam. saw him running down the field this year during a game while he had his head turned toward the sideline, maybe even smiling for the camera. dumb thing to do, especially around a guy like zimmer