Patterson: ‘My time will come'

Cordarrelle Patterson is trying to stay patient and says he is a team player. Slowly, his snaps are increasing and there has been talk about adding more to his learning curve to allow him to play more with Jerome Simpson, not just behind him on the depth chart.


It's not a descriptor often associated with Cordarrelle Patterson. Throughout much of the offseason, defenders talked about his speed as an asset.

But, slowly, the Minnesota Vikings are bringing along their rookie receiver. Slowly, his snaps are increasing.

"Of course I feel ready. They wouldn't bring me in if they didn't feel I was ready," Patterson said Thursday. "Everybody feels like they're ready. I feel like I'm ready, but who knows if I'm ready or not? My time will come."

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Patterson knows the playbook "very well." The issue, the coaching staff continues to say, is that Patterson plays the same spot – split end – as Jerome Simpson, who is having a strong season to date.

So what about the possibility of working Patterson in as a flanker or even an oversized slot receiver who can take a short pass and employ his shifty moves?

"We discussed it, and we have in the last couple games got he and Jerome on the field at the same time, although in a limited basis," Frazier said. "We're growing that, but at the same time we don't want to do things that would inhibit his growth as much as we want him on the field.

"… If you start adding other components, he's like most rookie receivers who come in our league. You've got to be careful when you're doing that."

Through six games, Greg Jennings has played in 82 percent of the offensive snaps, Jerome Simpson 66 percent, Jarius Wright 49 percent, Patterson 22 percent and Joe Webb 14 percent.

Patterson's snaps have been on the rise, slightly. In the first two games, he got only five and six snaps, respectively. Then it was 19, 13 and 19 over the next three games. On Monday night, he got the most yet, 22.

"It doesn't really matter how many snaps I get. This is a team thing," Patterson said. "I can't worry about how many snaps I get. That would mean I'm a selfish player, which I'm not."

Simpson leads the team in targets (48) and receptions (43), followed by Jennings (43, 24). Among receivers, however, Patterson is next, getting 17 targets and 11 receptions while Wright has 16 targets and eight receptions despite having more than twice as many snaps as Patterson.

So what can Patterson bring to the offense?

"I really don't know. I really haven't showed much that I can do," he said. "I'm just out here working every day trying to get better, trying to improve, and work those other guys to get better. When my time comes, if they feel like I can make a play, then I hope that that time comes and I'll make a play."

Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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