Cordarrelle Patterson
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It’s Week one of the 2014 season; everyone is optimistic about the future of Cordarrelle Patterson. Paterson then breaks off a 67 yard touchdown run in a 34-6 route over St. Louis, the future looked bright. Then it got ugly. The unfortunate incident of Adrian Peterson ruined the Vikings season and had a negative effect towards Paterson. After a disappointing rest of the 2014 season, head coach Mike Zimmer shot down any trade rumor regarding Paterson.

“No, no chance whatsoever,” Zimmer said, via 1500ESPN.com. “Cordarrelle is a young, emerging player who was with his third coordinator in three years. Quite frankly, we need to do a good job of figuring out how we can use him better and he needs to understand where he’s supposed to be, the routes and everything.”

“He’s going to play good football for us,” wide receivers coach George Stewart said in December. “He’s a first-round pick for a reason, and he’s going to be very successful for us going forward.”

Patterson’s role remains unclear after the addition of Mike Wallace. Nevertheless if the Vikings can ever recapture the week one Cordarrelle, the future remains bright. The development of Teddy Bridgewater can only help that cause.