Breaking Down Cordarrelle Patterson’s Success as Vikings’ Kick Returner

October 30, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Amid the many disappointments this season for the Minnesota Vikings, there has been at least one bright spot—rookie Cordarrelle Patterson.
Fairly or not, Patterson will always be compared to Percy Harvin. Patterson was drafted a month after the Vikings traded Harvin to Seattle. Both were drafted in the first round and joined the Vikings following their junior season. 
In his only season at the University of Tennessee, Patterson did it all; he caught 46 passes, ran the ball 25 times, and returned four punts and 24 kickoffs. He led the Volunteers with 1,858 all-purpose yards and scored 10 touchdowns. 
So far this season, Patterson has not fully filled the vacancy left by Harvin's departure. With only 13 receptions in seven games, he has not been a big part of the Vikings' offense.
But he has exceeded Harvin in one category—kickoff returns. He leads the NFL with 39.1 yards per kickoff return.
That's saying a lot considering Harvin owns the Vi...

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