Patterson had one reception for 39 yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Patterson started at wide receiver with Stefon Diggs hurt, but wide receivers had just 11 targets as Sam Bradford threw mostly to his tight ends and running backs. Patterson entered the 2016 season relegated to special teams, but revived his career when given a chance at wide receiver. He finished the season with 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He should find a robust market for his services as a free agent, especially since he may be the best kickoff returner in the NFL (five career touchdowns).
Patterson will start at wide receiver opposite Adam Thielen with Stefon Diggs inactive with a hip injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports
Patterson should see an increase in targets with Diggs out, although Charles Johnson could also figure into the wide receiver mix.
Patterson caught two of four targets for 13 yards Saturday against the Packers.
Patterson is ending the season on a much quieter note than expected as teammate Adam Thielen is taking over the receiver position in Minnesota. Unless he's able to break free for a touchdown in the return game, expect more of the same from Patterson in the regular season finale next week against the Bears.
Patterson had five receptions for 49 yards on eight targets and four kick returns for an average of 31 yards in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis.
Patterson had the most targets among recievers as Stefon Diggs appeared to be lost in the offense. He'll likely remain a second or third option after Diggs and Adam Thielen next week at Green Bay.
Patterson had three receptions for 18 yards and returned one kickoff for 53 yards in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.
Patterson wasn't as involved in the offense Sunday as he also didn't have a rushing attempt after three the previous two games. Patterson still played 32 snaps on offense, third among wide receivers, so he'll remain a steady part of the game plan on offense.
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