Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson's playing time has dwindled to the point where he had only three snaps with the offense in the last game.
Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner confirmed the obvious Thursday when he said Charles Johnson has replaced Patterson as the starter at the "X'' position once commonly known as the split end.
Still, such a statement of demotion was a startling development in a season that began with so much promise for the former first-round draft pick.
"We're going to do what we can to get him some opportunities to play there," Turner said, "but C.J. is playing at a real high level right now."
Johnson played 97% of the snaps in the last two weeks, so Turner confirmed the obvious for attentive owners. Johnson should be a WR4 type the rest of the way.