Patterson led the team in receiving yardage, scoring the
Patterson exited in the first half on Sunday and was considered questionable to return. Now that he's back, he'll continue as the third or fourth option behind Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, and Jarius Wright.
Prior to his departure in the second quarter, Patterson augmented three catches (on four targets) for 30 yards with one carry for seven yards and a kick return for 17 yards. If he joins Stefon Diggs (groin) on the sideline, Sam Bradford will likely look to Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen and Jarius Wright more often in the passing attack.
Patterson comfortably out-snapped Charles Johnson (22) and even came close to matching Adam Thielen (39). The 2013 first-round selection had five catches for 38 yards on six targets, adding one carry for two yards. Given how little Johnson has done this season, it wouldn't be surprising if Patterson were to stay involved in the offense, though rookie Laquon Treadwell could also emerge as a factor. Above all else, it's quite clear Stefon Diggs will be far more valuable than any of his position mates in Minnesota.
Patterson had one reception for six yards on his only target and had one carry for eight yards in Sunday's win over Tennessee. He also had a 61-yard gain on his only kickoff return.
Patterson made a difficult catch on his only reception, so that could help him find more targets. It was nice to see the Vikings use him on two plays on offense as it was thought he'd only be used as a kick returner this season. However, don't expect him to get more than a few plays per game unless injuries strike the receiver corps.
|7||10/23/16||@ PHI||Lost 9-21|
|8||10/31/16||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/24/16||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ GB||1:00 pm|
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