Around the Horns: Patterson's ROY bid

December, 13, 2013
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When the Vikings started the season with Cordarrelle Patterson not among their top receivers, his chances of winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors seemed remote. That lasted for about a week, once Patterson ran a kickoff back for a team-record 105-yard touchdown.

He topped it six weeks later with a 109-yard return against Green Bay, and has since scored on a 33-yard handoff and a 79-yard screen pass. That versatility, writes Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has Patterson in the running for NFL rookie hardware.

"Cordarrelle has to be mentioned in the conversation when you talk about rookie of the year,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in Craig's story. “He’s really coming on strong. And his best football is still ahead of him, even this season.”

The last Vikings rookie to win the award was Percy Harvin in 2009, and Patterson's versatility has sounded many of the notes that Harvin hit during his four years with the Vikings. He'd have to beat out San Diego's Keenan Allen -- who scored two touchdowns on Thursday night -- and Green Bay's Eddie Lacy, but there might not be another rookie as dynamic as Patterson. In the end, that could propel him to the award, as it did for Harvin.

Here are today's other Vikings stories of note:

Ben Goessling

ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter



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