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Peterson, Patterson voted to All-NFL Team by Pro Football Writers of America

By Derek Wetmore

Vikings kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson might do some things that cause you to scratch your head at times. He’ll still run back kicks every once in a while to make up for it though.

Patterson and teammate Adrian Peterson were named to the All-NFL Team, as voted on by the Pro Football Writers of America. It’s Patterson’s second time on the team (both as a special teamer) and Peterson’s fourth, according to the PFWA.

Peterson was a slam-dunk choice, after leading the world in rushing with 1,485 yards from scrimmage. He shares the running back position with Doug Martin on the All-NFL Team. Martin finished second in the NFL with 1,402 yards.

A lot of people will remember Peterson’s 2015 season for the way it ended – with a home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in a game in which Peterson lost a costly fumble. That doesn’t diminish how strong his regular season was. Even with a lull toward the end of the year, Peterson led all rushers and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. That’s despite losing two critical offensive linemen before the year began, including a guy known for his run blocking, Phil Loadholt. Peterson also carried the ball much more than other running backs, despite frequently being subbed out in two-minute situations and on third downs. Peterson’s 327 carries was first by a wide margin, ahead of Martin’s 288 and Latavius Murray’s 266 carries, which speaks to his importance to the Vikings’ offense and to his durability.

All that after sitting out the final 15 games last season as he dealt with the legal and NFL ramifications after pleading no contest to a reckless assault charge stemming from Peterson’s punishment of his then-four-year-old son.

Patterson, meanwhile, was likely not quite as obvious of a choice. But his strength at returning kicks drew attention from around the league. Patterson led the NFL with an average of 31.8 yards per kickoff return, and his 1,019 total kick return yards were second only to Ameer Abdullah, who had five more attempts but a lower average than Patterson. Only six players returned a kick for a touchdown, and Patterson was the only player to do it twice.

Thanks in part to Patterson, the Vikings’ special teams ranked 10th in the NFL this year, according to a study in the Dallas Morning News.

The post Peterson, Patterson voted to All-NFL Team by Pro Football Writers of America appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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