EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Cordarrelle Patterson's talent as a receiver and runner in the draft was rivaled only by Tavon Austin and enticed the Minnesota Vikings to draft Patterson in the first round.
The expectation was Patterson would provide an immediate impact as a returner while developing as a receiver. The expectation was dependent on Patterson getting the ball on kickoff returns.
He didn't have much of a chance in the season opener and the league is lessening the opportunities for kickoff returners.
"It's kind of frustrating," Patterson said. "When I do catch the ball, I try to make the most of it. When they kick it over my head, sometimes I just wish they'd kick it to me. But they're great kickers and there's going to be a lot that go over my head so I just got to live with it."
His first five chances on Sunday against Detroit ended up in touchbacks. Patterson, the excited rookie, didn't get anxious and frustration wasn't an issue either.
"I was waiting for him to get fru...