by Jason Butt
May 04, 02014
Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson showed plenty of flashes during his rookie season.
Split outside primarily, Patterson caught 45 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns. One of those scores came against the Ravens in the ice and snow, when he took a screen pass 79 yards for a touchdown. Patterson is easily one of the fastest players on the Vikings' roster and can turn a short completion into a big gain.
In his second NFL season, Patterson will look to improve in his second season to become a more complete receiver. Speaking to ESPN.com, Patterson said he didn't work hard enough as a rookie and that he'll put in more of an effort in year two.
"This year my whole mindset is, 'Remember everything. Do better than you did last year,'" Patterson told ESPN. "I think I was kind of bad last year. This year will be way better."
Patterson wants to be able to play every receiver position, which could make Norv Turner's offense exciting to watch, given Turner's track record in the passing game as a coordinator. If the Vikings can get a passing game to further compliment Adrian Peterson and the rushing attack, then Minnesota could be a dangerous team on a week-to-week basis in 2014.
But a lot of that will fall on the quarterback position, whether Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder or a rookie takes the starting job. And whichever quarterback it is will also determine whether Patterson can break out in 2014.
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