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Can Cordarrelle Patterson reach 1000 yards receiving?

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#1 John Bonnes

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:40 AM

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.


(My lord.


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. 

#2 Nick Nelson

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:49 AM

I think he'll reach 1,000 yards overall but not in receiving. I'm guessing he finishes with around 200 rushing yards.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

If his route running has improved as he says, I'd think so.  The offense isn't going to be a give it AP type offense anymore.  He's going to get some looks if he's open and where he's supposed to be. 

#4 CwK



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 11:44 AM

Yeah, I think 1,000 yards would be tough. But 800-900 would still have me confident in his development as a receiver. I just don't want to see drops like last Saturday night.

#5 Jeff


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 02:12 PM

Put me down in the camp of 800-900 yards recieving, 200-250 yards rushing, and be a top yardage gainer on returns as well. I'm going to predict 14 total combined touchdowns.

#6 Mike Sixel

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 02:37 PM

I am going all in on 1100 yards. The defense will be giving up points. This team will have to pass.

What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you.

#7 Joe Oberle

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:38 PM

He will be close, but I don't think he gets to 1,000 in receiving because Turner's offense will spread it around to all his playmakers. Jennings, Rudolph and even Peterson (and McKinnon) will rack up passing yards. Besides, Patterson will get the ball in the backfield, as well. He should have a precent decent season without hitting that benchmark.

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 10:14 AM

1000/16=62.5 call it 63/game....i am in line with CBS in regards to YPC..would love to see him at about 15/reception then he needs 67 receptions in the season or just over 4/game..very attainable numbers.  Weather may have an effect during late season games.  BARELY leaning on the no side but at LEAST 850 yards.  I am on board with Joe Oberle about the spreading the ball around aspect under Norv.  Cassel seems to have Jennings and Rudolph more as his 'go to guys'.  Granted it is a very small sample size and could certainly change as the season evolves. 

#9 Seth Stohs

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 04:26 AM

I wish I could think differently, but I was thinking he'd be very close to 1000, but just short. I think another 2-300 yards in rushing yards, plus kickoff return yardage. That's pretty valuable.


I can see Patterson at 950, Jennings at like 800, and Rudolph around 800 too.

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