He'll aim for a better game in Week 3 at the Saints.
"Those plays I think when they happen are exciting and they’re great; you can’t count on those," Turner said. "A guy like Cordarrelle is capable of doing that with his physical ability."
Patterson said he's familiar with the jet sweep from his college days. However, he said he isn't sure if he will get carries on a weekly basis.
"You just can’t focus on one guy," Patterson said. "Like me, I might not get no (touches) or no kickoff returns this week. It really don’t matter to me as long as my team’s successful and as long as we win. We know we’re going to be good. You can’t worry about yourself all the time, you’ve got to think about your team."
Patterson took a carry down the right side and broke a few arm tackles while making defenders miss en route to a 67-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. He also had rushes of 12 and 23 yards early in the game. Patterson became the first Vikings receiver to rush for 100 yards in a game in the win. He should remain a versatile weapon in Week 2 against the Patriots.
If this were 2013, he'd be a virtual lock to carve up the Rams defense Sunday. St. Louis had the worst performance against No. 1 receivers in the league, per Football Outsiders, surrendering 97.7 yards per game against them. They took measures to correct that weakness, jettisoning top cornerback Cortland Finnegan and defensive coordinator Tim Walton. Patterson may have a little more difficulty this season against Gregg Williams' defense and presumably Janoris Jenkins at cornerback.
Patterson wasn't a high-volume player in his rookie season, topping five catches only once while chipping in a couple rushes per game near the end of the season. All Fantasy owners should be starting him in Week 1 hoping he breaks a carry or reception for a long touchdown.
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|5||10/2/14||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/16/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
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