Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson named to NFL Pro Bowl

When Adrian Peterson hits Hawaii for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl, he’ll have a friendly face on the roster as the Minnesota Vikings announced Friday morning that Cordarrelle Patterson has been named to the NFC roster.

Per Pro Football Talk:

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson has been selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, the Vikings announced Friday morning.

Patterson will ‘replace’ Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver/kick returner Antonio Brown (yes, I know he’s replacing an AFC player, odd as that sounds) who will now be ‘just’ a wide receiver on the roster.

The Minnesota Vikings rookie meanwhile will get the label of kick returner for the game, however the NFL has banned kickoffs from the 2014 Pro Bowl so Patterson will strictly be returning punts.

Does all of that make sense? No? Good – because apparently the NFL wants to confuse us all.

Point is – the Minnesota Vikings now have a second representative at the Pro Bowl, which is well deserved as Patterson lead the league with a 32.4-yard return average and was the only player with multiple return touchdowns.

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