EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. From the moment the Minnesota Vikings made perhaps the draft's biggest move by trading a bevy of picks to acquire Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round, they've talked about a "plan" for developing the talented, but raw receiver.
Decision makers like general manager Rick Spielman and Leslie Frazier haven'tpubliclyspoken of details, instead offering generalizations about how they will handle Patterson, who played only one season of major college football at Tennessee. In conjunction with receivers coach George Stewart, they will have specific ideas on how to handle Patterson, because the playmaking ability is obvious on tape.
One reason for the plan is Patterson's inexperience and his lack of refinement as an outside receiver. The other is the reported issues with his intelligence and ability to pick up NFL offenses and a reported lack of work ethic. Patterson has heard the reports.
"People just want to go off of what they hear, that 'He don't want to do this....