EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Cordarrelle Patterson opened the Minnesota Vikings road game Sunday with a franchise record-tying 105 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Patterson was on the field for 10 more plays the rest of the game.
After the Vikings lost 31-30 at Chicago, the team's use of Patterson, the talented rookie it gambled big on in the draft by trading four picks to move back up into the first round for a third time, has been puzzling.
Patterson has demonstrated his ability with the ball in his hands on kickoff returns. Coaches have said the rookie, who was considered raw coming out of Tennessee because he had only spent one season in major college football, hasn't had any trouble picking up the offensive players.
But Patterson played only six offensive snaps on Sunday, a week after getting just five in a loss at Detroit.
"We're going to get that rectified," coach Leslie Frazier said Monday. "He definitely deserves to be on the field more. He...