Cordarrelle Patterson repeatedly said today that he plans to take “full advantage of the offseason,” although he couldn’t provide a clear explanation of what exactly that entails.
Big things were expected of the second-year wide receiver in 2014, but he disappointed in the first half of the season, lost his starting spot in the second and finished with just 33 catches for 384 yards and one touchdown. Now Patterson must prove himself all over again in 2015.
“It wasn’t the year I wanted, like I had last year,” Patterson said. “I feel like last year was a good year for me and I felt like I was going to come back and capitalize off that. Week 1, you know, things was good. But after that, it just started going downhill. I blame myself for everything. I need to just take full advantage of the offseason and get better.”
What exactly will you do to take “full advantage” of the offseason?
“Just resting at first, getting the body healthy. Spending time with the family. And just take full advantage of the offseason, just training and get the offense down pat,” he said. “Just learn it, try to take on the playbook and all the stuff we worked on throughout the year and just try to learn from that, man. Like I said, this isn’t the year I thought it was going to be. It was a bad year for me. So this offseason, it’s going to be a challenge for me to make sure I come back ready to go next year.”
As the story points out, it’s obvious that Patterson knows — or has been told — that his offseason preparation needs to change for him to ever live up to expectations. The story went on to say that Zimmer has a plan for Patterson and "it's up to Cordarrell." However, based on Patterson's comments, Patterson may not be aware of the plans yet. Patterson was a fantasy bust this year and probably scarred a lot of owners for life. He will fall in drafts next year, but certainly still has potential. This will be a key offseason for him.