Cordarrelle Patterson concedes he hasn’t worked hard enough
Cordarrelle Patterson recognizes that this upcoming season may be down to his last shot with the Minnesota Vikings and he has admitted his lack of worth ethic and commitment to improvement has put him in this precarious position.
“Sometimes you can be here and you feel like you’ve got to be on the team,” Patterson said, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “You feel like, ‘Yeah, I’m a first-round pick, I’m on the team.’ Things like that, sometimes they make you not work hard, they make you don’t want to do things, make you be lazy.”
The Vikings selected Patterson out of Tennessee with the 29th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. And by all accounts it certainly seemed like he was a superstar in the making. The speedy and well-built wide receiver caught 45 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns, added 12 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns and reached the end zone on two kickoff returns.
But since then, Patterson has been a profound disappointment. In 2014, his production from an offensive standpoint regressed significantly with only 33 for 384 yards and one touchdown. It got even worse last season, as his inability to learn the offense left the Vikings wary of putting him on the field, and his numbers suffered, catching only two balls for 10 yards.
He remained a dangerous threat in the return game, though — becoming an All-Pro in that role — with two kickoff returns for TDs last season while averaging 31.8 yards per return with six going 40 yards or more.
But Patterson frustratingly has never developed into an every-down wideout, much less one that occasionally sees the field in offensive sets. And after the Vikings declined to pick up his fifth-year option, Patterson understands the onus is on him this season to prove he deserves a roster spot, although he’s hesitant to put too much pressure on himself.
“People say, ‘It’s your make-or-break year,’ ” Patterson said. “I’ve just got to go out and do what I’m supposed to. It’s a big year for me. … We all know what I can do, and I’ve just got to show the coaches I can be there when I need to be, and be on time, be in the right place, the right depth on routes catching the ball. If I do all those things, I feel like things will work out well.”