Impressing early so far, Patterson 'a little nervous' to put pads on
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson wears a smile as much as he wears Vikings purple nowadays, and with a reported four-year contract and $3.6 million signing bonus, it's easy to see why.
Patterson has already put pen to paper, but the Vikings will suit up in full pads for the first time Monday afternoon, and Patterson said he's still fighting through some jitters.
"I was a little nervous earlier," Patterson said. "I hope I won't be too nervous. I hope I won't get hit as much as I expect to get hit. I'll be a little nervous."
Not even Patterson's sure how nervous he will or won't be come practice, but the rookie receiver has already made his impression on coaches, fans and the media for his size and quickness during helmet-only practices thus far.
Patterson is rooming with undrafted free agent receiver Adam Thielen, a Minnesota State-Mankato product that has received almost as many cheers from the training camp crowd as Patterson.
Thielen and Patterson are both listed at 6-feet-2-inches, but Patterson has 25 pounds on Thielen and their games are distinctly different.
"The thing for me is just getting better every day," Thielen said. "Things will play themselves out, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. We've had a lot of practices in just helmets. As a receiver, you're not super excited for pads, but it'll be a good thing."
Even though Patterson has a much better chance of making the team than Thielen, the Detroit Lakes, Minn. native hopes he can teach Patterson a thing or two.
"I think we're just trying to learn from each other," Thielen said. "I don't know if there's anything he's learned from me, but maybe my work ethic. If there's anything I can learn from him, I'm going to take it."