Training camp Day 2 quick hits: Patterson 'top option' on kick returns
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Notes and observations from Day 2 of Vikings training camp
• Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer called rookie Cordarrelle Patterson his "top option" at kick returner this season.
"It makes me feel pretty good," Patterson said after Saturday's practice. "Shows [Priefer] has a lot of confidence in me. If he feels I can be back there, I feel I can be back there also."
• On top of the regular cast of returners, the Vikings had receiver Jarius Wright and running backs Bradley Randle and Jerodis Williams fielding kicks from a machine.
• Samantha Ponder was in attendance along with her mother and Ponder's parents.
"I think we can play [Floyd] on kickoff return, in the wedge," Priefer said. "He can be a guy who can help on field goal protection and field goal block, maybe on punt return depending on who we match up against, because he's such a great speed. Doing all the drill work we were doing, watching it on tape, his feet are unbelievable."
• The deep ball plagued cornerback Josh Robinson last year, but receiver Rodney Smith didn't need more than a 10-yard grab to out-run Robinson, who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the 2012 combine, all the way to the end zone.
Robinson, who lined up as starting slot corner again Saturday, redeemed himself when he broke up a pass from Ponder to Simpson later in passing drills.