Cordarrelle Patterson shrugs off comparisons to Seahawks' Percy Harvin
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He's not interested in them.
He's also heard that he may see increased playing time with Jerome Simpson's legal situation.
He says he's not focused on that.
In his first NFL season, Patterson is already good at not unnecessarily fanning any flames.
"Every week I'm getting more playing time. It's a good opportunity for me and it's good for me. Each week I'm getting more reps at practice and I'm getting more snaps," Patterson said. "We don't know what's going to happen [Sunday] ... Each week I'm practicing and working hard to be a starter so whatever happens, happens."
He may get the start in week 11. The Vikings, though, have been slow to bring on their first-round, highly skilled receiver.
He's fast, has good field vision and makes defenders miss. And yet, he didn't start Thursday and saw the field on 40 percent of the team's offensive snaps.
He hasn't complained about the team's contention that Simpson is earning the starter's nod. (Simpson saw 63 percent of the Vikings' offensive snaps, and is cited as the primary reason Patterson's opportunities are limited.) But Patterson says when he does get his chances in games, he feels like he can create by making people miss or breaking tackles or hitting holes at the right time.
"We all feel like that. That's something I feel like I'm gifted more at, with the ball in my hand, [even] on special teams," Patterson said. "Every time I get the ball I expect something to happen. ... Every time I touch the ball I feel like I'm gifted and something's going to happen."
Harvin is stronger and more elusive, but the comparison isn't totally unfair. Still, they're different players and Patterson embraces that.
"I can't be him, I would never be him. I can only be myself," Patterson said Wednesday. "Percy Harvin is a great player but he's not here anymore. We can't worry about what he did here, we've got to let that go and just try to build something new."
Is it hard to avoid the natural comparison to the guy he effectively replaced in Minnesota?
"It's not hard at all. I'm me; why would I want to be anybody else? Why would I want to be Percy Harvin, I'm trying to set my own standard," Patterson said. "I come in each day trying to get better and just [do] what CP can do, not what Percy Harvin did so I've just got to be myself."