Cordarelle Patterson primed for big season

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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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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