There is a lot of optimism surrounding Cordarrelle Patterson this year. Here are some of the projections from various fantasy football sites:
ESPN: 78 receptions for 931 yards
Rotowire: 63 receptions for 901 yards
CBSSportsline: 68 receptions for 982 yards.
I looked up when the last time a Vikings receiver reached 1000 yards receiving, and it wasn't THAT long ago: Sydney Rice did it in 2009. But before him it was Nate Burleson back in 2004.
That's a big dropoff, because at least one Vikings receiver did it from 1993 through 2003 (and the Vikings had two receivers do it in 1998, 1999 & 2000). Percy Harvin came close in 2011 with 967 yards. Bernard Barrian also did in 2008 with 964 yards.
From 2005 through 2007 the Vikings leading wide receivers were:
2007 - Bobby Wade - 647 yards
2006 - Travis Taylor - 651 yards
2005 - Travis Taylor - 604 yards.
I honestly have no memory of Travis Taylor. None. I'm presuming that is a defense mechanism that my brain has mercifully developed for me. It's like I blacked out for three years. Thank you, brain. God bless you, Brad Johnson.)
What do we think - after decade of futility, what are the chances that Patterson breaks through the 1000 yard barrier this year. 10%? 25%? 50%?
I'll go with 25%. I just think overcoming that kind of historical challenge is harder than it seems.