Cordarrelle Patterson is using Bill Belichick’s words to motivate him, even if the New England Patriots coach didn’t say anything inflammatory.
Patterson, the electric Minnesota Vikings receiver who is just starting to show what he can do as a receiver and running the ball, was selected by the Vikings with a draft pick obtained via trade with the New England Patriots during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Vikings traded away picks in the second, third, fourth and seventh rounds in April 2014 to move back into the first round and select Patterson 29th overall, making him the Vikings’ third first-round pick of the 2013 draft.
“We made the decision based on what we felt was best for our team. We did that and that’s what we always do. We felt at that time that was the best thing to help our team and that’s what we did,” Belichick said.
“We didn’t hold onto it. There was a lot of good players at that point and we feel like we got one with the player that we picked, plus the other selections that we received in moving back.”
Patterson interpreted those words from Belichick on a conference call with Minnesota reporters on Wednesday to mean that the Patriots didn’t want him.
“Belichick, I think he said he didn’t want me. So that’s the kind of things that stick in the back of a player’s head,” Patterson said Thursday. “And you get out there you just want to beat the defense up since people say things like that.”
“… You got to have that chip on your shoulder sometimes. It’s always good to have that chip on your shoulder just to go out there and just try to execute (against) the teams didn’t even pick you when they said they wanted to. And you got to go out and do your things.
The Patriots have a reputation for building through the draft – 29 of their 53 players on the active roster are draft picks – so moving down to acquire more picks shouldn’t come as a surprise.
With those picks obtained from the Vikings, the Patriots drafted
linebacker Jamie Collins in the second round, cornerback Logan Ryan in the third round, wide receiver Josh Boyce in the fourth round and traded away the seventh-round pick to obtain running back LeGarrette Blount.
With a need at receiver, the Patriots also drafted Aaron Dobson with a second-round pick not obtained from the Vikings while the Vikings wanted to pounce sooner on a playmaking receiver and are happy they did.
Patterson became the first receiver in Vikings history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game, getting 102 yards on three carries against St. Louis on Sunday. He has also scored a touchdown in six consecutive games.
While he flashed the most on rushing plays on Sunday, Patterson has come the furthest with his route-running, quarterback Matt Cassel said.
“Just his route-running in general has gotten much better. And I think also his overall knowledge of defensive scheme and understanding how he wants to release against certain coverages and stuff like that,” Cassel said.
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Patterson using Patriots trade for motivation
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