MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings paid a hefty price to trade back into the first round in April to grab Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
General manager Rick Spielman believed Patterson's size, speed and ability to run after the catch would help the Vikings move on from star Percy Harvin, who was traded to Seattle.
Patterson showed flashes of what intrigued the Vikings so much in his preseason debut. He had four catches for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards in two quarters of a 27-13 loss to the Houston Texans.
Patterson says getting out there for the first time takes a lot of the pressure off of him. Now he says he can't wait for the regular season to start on Sept. 8 at Detroit.