"He's somebody that I trust, somebody that I think would be a great influence for [Patterson]," Zimmer said.
Patterson caught 33 passes for 384 yards and a touchdown in a highly disappointing second season.
Following a promising rookie season,
"It wasn’t the year I wanted, like I had last year," Patterson said, per The Star Tribune. "I feel like last year was a good year for me and I felt like I was going to come back and capitalize off that. Week 1, you know, things was good. But after that, it just started going downhill. I blame myself for everything. I need to just take full advantage of the offseason and get better."
Patterson has no specific goals for the offseason, but he does have an idea of what he wants to accomplish.
"I just want to work with Matt [Cassel] and Teddy [Bridgewater] and whoever in the offseason, just pick those boys’ brain and talk to [Norv] Turner and [Mike] Zimmer and see how he wants things done in this offense and just take full advantage of this four months or whatever," he said. "Just take advantage and just try to learn the offense more than I already know and, like I said, just take advantage of it."
Patterson entered the contest listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury. He was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday or Thursday, but was limited in practice on Friday due to the issue. He'll attempt to play through it against Detroit.
The team will also have
Patterson played just one offensive snap Sunday against the Jets and three the week before after fumbling the opening kickoff. He has just five catches over the last five weeks.
"Just getting that talk out of the way, it makes me have less pressure on me," Patterson said. "It feels good to sit down and talk to him."
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