Rick Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson ‘has made tremendous strides this year’

Rick Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson ‘has made tremendous strides this year’

The Minnesota Vikings start training camp on Thursday and many will be focus their attention on WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who’s looking to live up to his potential as a big play pass catcher and not as a mere kickoff returner.

General manager Rick Spielman seems to have all the confidence in the world of Patterson’s development, telling the team’s official website that he’s made a marked improvement in many phases of the receiving game.

The one player that everybody is asking about is Cordarrelle Patterson,” Spielman said. “There’s no question about his ability with the ball in his hands, he’s probably the premier kickoff returner in the league… When he gets the ball in his hands on offense, everyone holds their breath because that’s a big play waiting to happen.”

“Where Cordarrelle has made tremendous strides this year is on his route running ability and becoming a better receiver,” Spielman explained. “He is very tuned in and very focused trying to prove to everybody, including himself, that he’s going to be not just a great athlete with the football in his hands, but a true receiver in the NFL.”