He ranks 10th among 18 qualifying kickoff returners with an average of 24.4 yards. Last year he led the NFL by averaging 32.4 yards per return and scoring two touchdowns. His longest return this season is 49 yards.
When asked if he was disappointed in
"I don't think disappointment is the right word," Zimmer said, per the Star Tribune. "I think youth might be the right word."
Patterson was limited to two catches for 24 yards in a Week 11 loss to the Bears. He has just three grabs over his past two games and 332 receiving yards this season. He's 138 yards away from surpassing last season's total.
Patterson caught two passes. He was targeted just three times. Despite the poor game, Patterson finished second on the team in receiving. He also got one rushing attempt, gaining 3 yards on the play.
Patterson will look for more Week 11 against the Packers.
Mike Zimmer has indicated he's disappointed in the route-running of
"We're trying to get Corarrelle involved in the offense," Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We'd love for him to be involved but guys have to make sure that they are in the right places all the time."
Patterson appeared to have righted himself by catching six passes for 86 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 8, but followed that by snagging just one Sunday against Washington. "We completed 26 balls (against the Buccaneers)," said offensive coordinator Norv Turner. "I don't care who they go to, to be honest with you."
After watching quarterback
"What I do believe is, we probably need to throw it some more and we will hit it," Zimmer told ESPN.com.
Zimmer said he'd love to get Patterson more involved but added, "We're not precise enough in all areas. ... Guys have to make sure they're in the right places at all times."
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