Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said he is motivated by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's recent snub, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Belichick said the Patriots do not regret trading the No. 29 pick in the 2013 draft, which was used on Patterson, to the Vikings.
Patterson took exception to Belichick's quote.
"I've seen a little article today where Belichick, I think he said he didn't want me," Patterson told reporters Thursday. "So that's the kind of things that stick in the back of a player's head. And you get out there, you just want to beat the defense up since people say things like that."
The 23-year-old Patterson was named to the All-Pro first-team as a kick returner last season. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a rookie.
During Week 1, he had 102 rushing yards, including a 67-yard touchdown. He is the first receiver in NFL history to have touchdown runs of more than 35 yards in three consecutive games.
The Vikings host the Patriots at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
- Paul Palladino