Cordarelle Patterson primed for big season

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has set his ambitions on an even bigger second season in the NFL.

After making the Pro Bowl last season as a kickoff returner, Patterson is hoping for more success this year.

"This year I'm going to try and pull something different out," Patterson said. "I don't know what it is, but I feel like I can get better and improve on my game. When this year comes, I hope I can show the fans and everybody something a little different."

Patterson is working on refining his route-running.

"I just think his route-running and his ability to recognize defense," quarterback Matt Cassel said. "I think that's huge for him, and any receiver, as you move forward. The key component, I think, is understanding defenses and how they're trying to attack you and how you work your different releases."

Added offensive coordinator Norv Turner: "The most obvious thing, and you see it when he returns kicks, is he's a natural runner. He's got great instincts when he gets the ball in his hand and he makes great run decisions. He's got great vision. I think from Day 1 to now he's improved as a route runner. He's been very serious about working as a route runner."

Last season, Patterson caught 45 passes for 469 yards.

"I still watch film on last year's games to see how I can get better as a person, on and off the field, just trying to help improve my game," Patterson said. "Just watching that film, I see a lot of things I can improve on and get better."

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