MINNEAPOLIS - Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, one the NFL's most electric return men, has waited in the wings.
Although he has more return yards than any other player in the league, his chances on offense have been limited this season. Thursday night he took advantage and converted his first offensive touchdown.
The stuff that dreams are made of, right, Cordarrelle?
"Not really, man. My first kickoff return felt way better," Patterson said after the Vikings' 34-27 win. "[Thursday night] it was just a quick little pass, toss and catch. But at the end of the day it felt great.
"I wanted to get the ball in the stands but I just thought about it, it was my first offensive touchdown so I had to keep it."
In an uncharacteristically upbeat locker room, Patterson had the ball and asked Adrian Peterson to sign it.
The rookie was targeted four times and had two catches for 22 yards and the score, which came in the second quarter and gave the Vikings their first lead of the game. He also returned two kicks for 37 yards, but Washington chose to kick away from him on many occasions. Out of the gate, Washington kicked short or directed it away from Patterson, who averages nearly 37 yards per return and has two kick return scores, including one of 109 yards.
"Oh man, they're messing up my return average right now. I take great pride in that, so when they want to kick it short, I don't like that," Patterson joked. "At the end of the day, I can't do nothing about it, they're giving us good field position for our offense and we took advantage of that."
Should the Vikings phase in Patterson more on offense and work to get the ball in his hands? Almost certainly yes, but Patterson said he doesn't see it that way.
"I'm just waiting. I can't really ask for too much because I've got great guys in front of me. So I'm just patiently waiting," Patterson said. "Those guys, when they need a blow, I'm the next man up."