Tracking the Rise of Charles Johnson and Fall of Cordarrelle Patterson

December 2, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

One is a first-round pick from the best college football conference in all the land—an athletic freak expected by many to take the second-year leap to stardom.
The other is a castoff former seventh-round pick from tiny Grand Valley State—a promising but otherwise little-known player already on his third NFL team. 
Only one young receiver is developing into a consistent, reliable option for the Minnesota Vikings. But it isn't Cordarrelle Patterson, the first player described above. It's actually Charles Johnson, the forgotten-about receiver listed second. 
The numbers from the last month tell an enlightening story. And the film from those games fills in the important details.
Over the Vikings' last three games, Johnson has played 141 snaps, received 21 targets and made 11 receptions for 180 yards. He leads Minnesota receivers in all four statistics. 
Meanwhile, Patterson has played just 71 snaps, received five targets and made four rec...

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