EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. First-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson insists he's not replacing anyone as he joins the Minnesota Vikings.
Patterson only hopes to do his part with Minnesota; he's not trying to fill the immense shoes of Randy Moss as the long-sought deep-play threat in the Vikings' offense or that of the versatile playmaker Percy Harvin.
Of course, he has a funny way of showing he doesn't plan to live up to his predecessors.
Patterson stepped to the stage while being introduced by his new team last week, a day after Minnesota surrendered a bounty of picks to leap back into the first round of the draft and acquire Patterson with the No. 29 overall pick, the last of three first-round choices.
Patterson, held up his new No. 84 purple jersey. He knew the significance in picking Moss' 84. He spoke about hopefully being able to replace some of Harvin's production as a receiver, returner and runner.
But he doesn't want it to seem like he's replacing Moss and Harvin.