Cordarrelle Patterson's role on offense is shrinking even further

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson fits the mold of a first-round draft bust. Derick E. Hingle USA TODAY Sports

Cordarrelle Patterson has struggled to make a consistent impact in the NFL, and the Minnesota Vikings have phased their former first-round pick out of their offense as a result.

Patterson, who is still a talented kick returner, has watched his offensive involvement wane since his rookie season. On Sunday, the Vikings replaced him with fellow wide receiver Charles Johnson in a formation in which he normally sees playing time, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling.

Patterson, the 29th-overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, eclipsed 600 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie -- figures he hasn't replicated since. He has been particularly unproductive this season, with only two catches for 10 yards and one rush attempt for nine yards.

The 24-year-old receiver is still a dynamic athlete, as evidenced by his ability as a return specialist, but for some reason he just hasn't been effective on offense. Patterson is unlikely to see a boost in his snap count any time soon, especially given the recent emergence of rookie wideout Stefon Diggs in Minnesota.

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