The Minnesota Vikings spent a first-round pick on wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2013 NFL Draft and he has been making splashes throughout the season. Whether it be in the return game or as a dynamic player after the catch, Patterson is showing those skills that made him a top pick.
Of course, as soon as the Vikings drafted Patterson shortly after trading away Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, the comparisons between the two came.
However, Patterson isn’t having any of it.
“They drafted me to play, not ride the bench every snap,” Patterson said, via the Star Tribune. “If I start, I start. If I don’t, I don’t. I’m behind a great guy in Jerome Simpson. Me and him compete with each other just to get better. Every time I get that ball, I expect something to happen. Every time I touch the ball, I feel like I’m gifted and something is going to happen.
“I’m me, I can’t be nobody else. Why would I want to be Percy Harvin? I’m trying to set my own standards. I come in each day trying to get better and just be what CP can do, not what Percy Harvin can do. I just have to be myself.
“I can’t be him. I can only be myself. Percy Harvin is a great player, but he’s not here anymore. We can’t worry about what Percy did. We’ve got to let that go and just try and build something new.”
Patterson could be getting his first start of the season on Sunday against the Seahawks in the game where Percy Harvin could be making his return. This could be fun to watch as the two men attempt to one-up each other as the game goes on.