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Updated: October 3rd, 2013 4:28pm
Cordarrelle Patterson seldom plays on offense, shines on special teams

Cordarrelle Patterson seldom plays on offense, shines on special teams

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September, the league announced Thursday.

In his first month in the league, Patterson has been electric at times returning kicks, but he hasn't seen much of the field on offense. His playmaking ability is evident, but he's behind Jerome Simpson on the depth chart, his coaches said.

Simpson is having a nice year, too, so that's not to discredit him. But the opinion in this corner is the team should find a way to get the ball in Patterson's hands more often on offense. (Also, Simpson's first-down celebrations need to subside.)

Here are the number of snaps (offense only) that Patterson has taken each week, per Football Outsiders.

Week 1: Five offensive snaps

Week 2: Six offensive snaps

Week 3: 19 offensive snaps

Week 4: 13 offensive snaps

Through four weeks, he ranks fourth in offensive snaps among Vikings wide receivers.

Greg Jennings leads the team in rate and in total offensive snaps taken. He's been on the field for 80 percent of the offensive snaps; Simpson has been on the field for 64 percent; Jarius Wright has been on the field for 47 percent; and Patterson has been on the field for only 17 percent of the offensive snaps.

Patterson ranks first in the NFL with a 33.8-yard average kickoff return, according to the Vikings. His 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown is also tied for a Vikings record and tied for the longest in the NFL this season through week four. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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