Cordarrelle Patterson said he wasn’t sure why he wasn’t used on offense in the first half of the Minnesota Vikings’ 31-13 win over the Carolina Panthers, but head coach Mike Zimmer had an explanation at the ready.
Zimmer said Patterson missed some practice time last week to attend a funeral. The 2013 first-round pick didn’t participate on Wednesday or Thursday, and was limited Friday, listed on the injury report with an ankle injury.
But, clearly, Patterson wasn’t happy about it after the game.
“I really don’t know. You’ve got to ask them that. When you find out, let me know,” he said when asked if there was something he needed to show coaches.
Patterson was used sparingly on offense in the second half and was targeted by rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater only once on a wide receiver screen that fell incomplete.
He hasn’t had more than two receptions or 50 yards receiving in the last four weeks.
“I really like Cordarrelle,” Zimmer said. “I like the kid. I think he’s going to be a good player. He continues to deal with things, so that was part of it.”
Later, Zimmer added: “He’s really starting to do a lot of better things in practice, so we just have to keep going there. I think Charles Johnson is doing a good job playing the same position; Charles is doing some good things. It’s just, continually, first off you have to be at practice, then you have to do stuff when you’re there.”
While Patterson has been less of a factor in the last month, Johnson’s role has increased. He has at least two catches and 40 yards in each of the last three games, including a six-reception, 87-yard performance three weeks ago against the Chicago Bears.
Two weeks ago, Patterson admitted he wasn’t having as much fun as he was last year. He said that got better in the game against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, but the personally sour times returned against the Panthers, even if the team did win.
Patterson has been dealing with hip, knee and ankle injuries, but he said health-wise he is “good.”
“I feel like I’m 100 percent, but I don’t feel like the coaches didn’t feel I was 100 percent. They stopped me also. I respect them for that,” he said.
Patterson said he might talk to the coaches this week about his role if the week isn’t going how he wants.
“I’ve just got to get better next week and prove to the coaches that I’m trustworthy and can do it. This week is going to be a big week for me to show them I’m ready and ready to take a step forward,” he said.
“I’ll see how this week goes. If it ain’t going like I want it to, then I feel like I’ll need to step up and have a conversation with them.”
Patterson held out in first half
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