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|Turn to the third page of the FFToday 2014 wide receiver rankings and about half way down, sitting it at No.76 youíll see a name of a player that nearly has as many consonants in his name as he did catches last season (13-33 if youíre keeping score!). Patterson, who was drafted in many leagues as a high-upside WR2 was one of the biggest non-injury/suspension busts of the 2014 season. His lack of route running technique landed him quickly in Norv Turnerís doghouse, and nearly invisible in the weekly box score. Pattersonís 33-384-1 line were significant downgrades from his 2013 rookie season. He was outplayed and leapfrogged on the depth chart by an early season free agent addition (Charles Johnson). 2015 is a make or break season for Patterson. Just a year ago he was oozing with upside, and on track to possibly join an elite tier of playmaking receivers. Counting on production from players fighting for scraps is never a good fantasy decision, so donít be afraid to avoid Patterson entirely, at least until the target distribution plays out in the preseason and early season.
|Zimmer pleased with WR Patterson's offseason|
HC praised third-year wideout's shape and attention to detail
By: Doug Orth | Mon May 18, 4:00 pm
|ď(Cordarrelle Patterson) is doing a good job in this offseason. He has been in better shape coming in, and he is doing a better job of running routes, of competing each and every down. I look forward to him coming on and Iím a big fan of his. Weíre just trying to get him to realize all the little intricacies you have to do offensively in the NFL in order to be a great player.Ē (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Coming off a highly-disappointing season in 2014, Patterson has been generating a lot of early buzz. He'll need to continue drawing similar praise from HC Mike Zimmer and OC Norv Turner in order to have any shot at earning back a starting job since Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace appear entrenched at the moment. Barring a lights-out training camp or an injury to Johnson or Wallace, Patterson appears destined to be a third receiver in Minnesota in 2015.