Cordarrelle Patterson jokingly threatens to unleash his inner ‘drama queen’
Cordarrelle Patterson was considered a raw talent coming out of Tennessee when the Minnesota Vikings drafted him with the 29th overall pick in 2013, a player who would require a lot of polishing before he transformed into a even a functional NFL wide receiver.
The Vikings’ previous coaching staff was frustratingly hesitant to put him on the field early on, unwilling to saddle the inexperienced rookie with too much pressure.
But when they did, Patterson exploded onto the scene, lighting up defenses late in the season in a similar manner to how he ran right through kickoff coverages on his way to a Pro Bowl nod as a special teams player and later being named an All-Pro as a kick returner.
Big things were expected of Patterson heading into this season, and when he took a handoff and rattled off a 67-yard touchdown with surprising ease in a season-opening win over the St. Louis Rams — part of his three-carry, 102-yard performance that day — most suspected that the dynamically gifted Patterson had fully arrived.
But since then, Patterson’s role in the offense has diminished greatly, practically to the point that he has seemingly disappeared during long stretches of games.
In his role as wide receiver, Patterson has 15 catches for 189 yards with no receiving touchdowns through five games, hardly the stat line one would expect from a budding superstar wideout.
The second-year player has appeared increasingly frustrated with the lack of action on offense, even joking that he may have to take on some diva characteristics — a trait common to NFL wide receivers — if things keep up.
But the jovial receiver made the point in joking terms.
“People say they don’t see it, but … you know at junior college, I was a drama queen. I demanded the ball and it paid off for me,” Patterson said via the Star Tribune. “So if things keep going like this, I may have to be that drama queen one time.”
Patterson reportedly made the previous “threat” with a mischievous smile that had reporters laughing.
Despite the jest, Patterson appears to understand that his time will come, even if there are some growing pains involved as Norv Turner attempts to work his magic on a Vikings offense that is still attempting to regain its bearings after the fallout with Adrian Peterson.
Turner stressed that even if Patterson’s numbers do not reflect he’s playing well, the coaching staff sees it differently.
“There’s times you get open and the ball doesn’t come to you. No one sees that. We do,” Turner said. “There were some times we had a lot of pressure in that game [referring to last Thursday’s 42-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers], the ball didn’t come out the way we would like it to, or didn’t have an opportunity to get it out.”
Two words to summarize Turner’s comments. Christian. Ponder.
That should all change with the presumed return of Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday.
Still, the wide receiver acknowledged that as a young player, patience is needed. And by no means does he plan to be yet another diva NFL wide receiver. At least not yet.
“I’m not a drama queen or anything. I don’t want to go to the offensive coordinator and try to demand the ball,” he said. “One day, if I get a couple more Pro Bowls and stuff like that, then maybe I can do things like that. The time is not right now.”
The time may not be now for Patterson to behave like a petulant wide receiver superstar, but there’s a good chance Norv Turner may try to figure out ways to treat him like one and call his number on a lot of plays come Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
That’s something Patterson would more than welcome. As he put it, it’s time to stop being a decoy.
“It’s fun being a decoy sometimes because you just open everything else for other people,” Patterson said, via NFL.com. “My decoy time, it’s probably up. Everybody is going to start worrying about everybody else and then they’re going to forget about me. I hope it’s this week. I hope I get a couple of touchdowns this week.”