I imagine the majority of football fans and fantasy football players have been anticipating the moment Cordarrelle Patterson would take over as the new No. 1 wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. Greg Jennings told ESPN.com that he thinks Patterson is primed to fill that role this season and he’s OK with it.
“I wanted him to know that, coming in, the expectation of you is no longer ‘rookie.’ It’s, ‘You gotta go. We saw what you can do. We’re gonna showcase this,’” Jennings said. “For me, it was making sure that he understands that he has to be a professional. He has to be a pro’s pro when he steps foot in this building, because we’re expecting [him] to give us what we’ve seen you put out there.”
It’s great when a veteran player is excited for the younger players on the team. It shows character that Jennings is more concerned about the Vikings’ offensive performance than filling out his own stat sheet.
“I’m going to be honest: Once I saw him make a couple plays, I’m like, ‘We’ve got to get him the ball. He does too much well for us not to get him the ball.”‘
For those of you trying to establish Jennings’ fantasy value this year, Justin Winn wrote an article in early June that goes deep on all things Jennings. The article was posted on June 9, so his thoughts may have since changed. The Brothers Kerrane have also recently weighed in on Jennings, they both plead their cases for and against the aging WR.
Is it possible if the focal point of the offense shifts over to be more orientated around Patterson that it’ll open up more opportunities for other parts of the Vikings offense?
“If I’m having success, it’s going to open up the door for success for other guys,” Jennings said. “If Cordarrelle’s having success, it’s going to open up the door for a lot of other guys, as well.”
Patterson only played 42 percent of the snaps last season as a rookie, but that should change significantly this year as he’s entering his sophomore season. Although it’s only June, My Fantasy League has Patterson with an ADP of 36.11, which makes him roughly the 13th WR off the board. It would look as if just about everyone is a believer in Patterson this year.
Shawn Siegele, one of the top fantasy football players in the world and winner of the 2013 National Fantasy Football Championship goes much more in depth in his article about how Patterson could be in store for a breakout year in 2014. I’d also recommend checking out the article James Todd wrote about the new Minnesota offense. There are clearly some unanswered questions that will remain unclear until the regular season approaches.
Most people think of the Vikings as a run-first team because they have Adrian Peterson at the head of that backfield. Oddly enough, the Vikings ranked 18th in the league last year in rushing attempts with 423 attempts and they followed that up with 648 passing attempts, which was second in the NFL. This may have to do with playing from behind in the majority of their games. It’s all speculation on how those numbers will shift for the upcoming year with the addition of new head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
And of course, we still don’t know if Matt Cassel or Teddy Bridgewater has the edge at QB1–it appears to remain an open competition. There’s question marks abound, but they just make Patterson that much safer of a bet in 2014.