Cordarrelle Patterson On Lack Of Production: I Wish I Knew The Answer

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 | 0


After exploding for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ season opening win over the St. Louis Rams, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has seen his stats take a sharp decline in the face of a musical chair-like quarterback situation in Minnesota.

The talented prospect’s situation didn’t get much better in the Vikings’ 42-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers last night (watch highlights here), as Patterson totaled only two catches for eight yards before leaving the lopsided blowout with a hip injury. It was thought to be just another name added to the long list of injured Vikings’ stars, but Patterson clarified that he would have returned were the game not out of hand.

He’s apparently healthy, but there’s a bigger issue at hand. That issue is obviously how to get Patterson more looks in a struggling offense. He was the logical choice to inherit more touches when Adrian Peterson was suspended and Kyle Rudolph went down with an injury, but it just hasn’t transpired. Patterson told that he simply doesn’t know why:

“I wish I knew the answer. I want to be more involved. I don’t know what’s going on. We have a plan. I’m sticking to the plan. I trust coach (Norv) Turner and the whole staff with what they’re doing. It’s going to turn around. Hopefully I get more touches.

We’ve practiced getting carries. I guess we’re just waiting on the right time. I’m not worried about it. When my number’s called I’m ready for it. I’m just sitting back and being patient.”

It sounds like Patterson has a clear head on his shoulders, choosing to believe that his touches are coming rather than call out his coaching staff in the media. That’s something he addressed in his interview as well. But at the end of the day, the seemingly mature player said that Green Bay simply did a great job of defending the Vikings’ plays last night:

“We’re all divas so we’re always going to say we’re open. But Green Bay did a heck of a job, knowing our routes and how to cover us.”

With injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater set to return in Week 6, Patterson should be in line for a bounce back game. However, nothing is guaranteed in today’s NFL, and it could be awhile before Norv Turner and the Vikings’ offensive coaches trust Bridgewater enough to start slinging it to Patterson.

Let’s hope not for their sake.

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