Vikings GM Rick Spielman: First thing Norv Turner did was put in 10 plays for Cordarelle Patterson.
Spielman may be joking about the specific number of plays for Patterson, but the sentiment is clear: Turner wants to get Patterson more involved. Things are looking bright for the second-year receiver. He was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.