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Cordarrelle Patterson focuses on route running in preparation for ‘show it’ season

By Andrew Krammer

DULUTH, Minn. — Physical talent has been Cordarrelle Patterson’s best asset for the Minnesota Vikings since he was drafted nearly three years ago. Refining that ability into a NFL receiver is what remains a work in progress.

Patterson, 24, says he understands this, which is why he’s added an important element to his training this offseason. As he did last year, Patterson has been working out in San Francisco with Frank Matrisciano, referred to as ‘Hell’s Trainer,’ to remain in peak condition. Unlike he did last year, Patterson is also honing his route running with Steve Calhoun, a private quarterbacks and receivers coach based out of Orange County, California.

This comes as both general manager Rick Spielman and Patterson recently said the 2016 season will be a ‘telltale’ or ‘show’ it campaign should he want to outlast his rookie contract in Minnesota. Patterson has been shut out of the offense since losing his starting split end job in the middle of the 2014 season.

“I worked out with [Calhoun] my rookie year,” Patterson said Friday from the Vikings’ WinterFest event. “I reached out to him and told him I want to work with him to be better…Route running, getting in and out of breaks.”

Another new addition to Patterson’s offseason schedule will be a trip to Miami to work with his teammates and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has made a habit of organizing offseason workouts with teammates in his young NFL career. Patterson worked with Bridgewater last year in California, but hopes to spend more time with him in his hometown of Miami next month.

“Just getting the timing good with Teddy,” Patterson said. “Like in March some time, I told Teddy I’d come out there for him, for like a week or something. Just spend time with him, trying to get the pattern down pat.”

Despite the Vikings’ lackluster passing attack last season, Patterson was unable to crack the depth chart and remained just one of the league’s top kick returners. His talent remained on the bench as the Vikings went with more refined receivers in Stefon Diggs, Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright, finishing with a career-low two receptions through 17 games.

Natural ability has never been the question with Patterson, who broke through with seven touchdowns as a rookie under former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. But the last two years haven’t been as smooth for Patterson as he’s struggled to earn playing time under Norv Turner.

Since being relegated to the bench in 2014, Patterson has just nine catches in the last 24 games.

“If it don’t show this year, it ain’t going to show at all,” Patterson said. “That’s all I can say about that.”

Sitting nearby, a few of his teammates laughed at the typically bubbly Patterson taking a serious tone.

“That’s facts,” Patterson responded. “It’s been three years [and] I haven’t been on the field!”

My Jedi @ceeflashpee84 working on perfecting his craft for the Minnesota Vikings upcoming season! #armeddangerous

— Armed&Dangerous QB (@ArmedDangerQBS) February 18, 2016

The post Cordarrelle Patterson focuses on route running in preparation for ‘show it’ season appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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