Cordarrelle Patterson: ‘Top-five playmaker’

Cordarrelle Patterson views himself as more than just a receiver; he is a playmaker. And, according to Patterson, he has top-five status in that category.

Cordarrelle Patterson began making an impression on NFL fans last year when he produced several electric plays for the Vikings as a receiver, a runner and a return man.

As he enters his second NFL season, big things are expected from Patterson and his plans may be even bigger.

Patterson was interviewed by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on the program segment “NFL Fan Pass” on NFL Network. Gbaja-Biamila asked Patterson about his plans for 2014.

Patterson was asked if he felt he could be a top five wide receiver in the league this season. Patterson showed some veteran savvy by giving an answer different to the question. Having scored nine touchdowns as a rookie – four as a receiver, three as a runner and two as a kick returner – Patterson decided to amend his answer by saying that he isn’t necessarily just a wide receiver, he’s a playmaker.

“I’m going to be a top-five playmaker,” Patterson said. “I’m a playmaker, I like to make plays. Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands. I feel like I’m special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball.”

He went on to make the differentiation between “dog” and “dawg” in NFL terms, explaining that a “dawg” is someone who is counted on to make the kind of big plays Patterson made last year to change the momentum of games.

“You’ve got to have that mindset, you got to have that dawg mindset,” Patterson said. “Like my coach always tells me, they want Rottweilers and Pit Bulls, they don’t want no Chihuahua. They want dawgs.”

Patterson made a big splash as a rookie in 2013. Apparently, from the sounds of the plan, 2013 will simply be the prologue to what is coming in 2014.

WEDNESDAY NOTES

  • The NFL is – finally – going to unveil its top 10 players for 2014, a relentless exercise that started the week the before the draft. The process is extremely anti-climactic because we already know who is in the top 10, it’s just a matter of where they will be ranked. The Vikings haven’t had a player named yet, but Adrian Peterson will be one of them will at 8 p.m. Winter Park Daylight Time tonight.

  • New Viking Captain Munnerlyn will be spending his last weekend prior to the start of training camp paying it forward in his hometown of Mobile, Ala. On Saturday, July 19, Munnerlyn will host his fifth annual football camp at his alma mater – Murphy High School.

  • ESPN’s SportsNation is getting into the act of product filling with the most memorable plays of the NFL’s 32 franchises. Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily plays that are happy memories. Fans are being asked to vote for the most memorable play in Vikings history. One is the Tommy Kramer-to-two-other-guys-to-Ahmad Rashad touchdown pass that got the Vikings in the 1979 playoffs. The other two? Gary Anderson missing the critical field goal against Atlanta in the 1998 NFC title game and Brett Favre getting intercepted in the final seconds of regulation in the 2009 NFC Championship Game. If you are a Vikings fan, which one would you vote for? It sounds like the current SportsNation poll is hoping to get still-bitter Packers to vote in Bachelor No. 3 as a final shot to Brett before they kiss and make up later this year.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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