Vikings OC Norv Turner: Cordarrelle Patterson needs more touches

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the team needs to get wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson more touches. Patterson is the team's leading receiver and rusher this season, despite only having four carries.
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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the team needs to get wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson more touches, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Patterson is the team's leading receiver and rusher this season despite having just four carries. He's caught 11 passes and been targeted 17 total times.

The Vikings are averaging 273 yards and 16.7 points, which rank 29th and 28th in the NFL, respectively.

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“We need to continue to find balance,” Turner said. “When everyone talks about balance, they think it’s run and pass. It’s balance in terms of getting all of our players involved. In my experience when they’re going good, they take someone away or concentrate on someone to give someone else the opportunity.

"Cordarrelle is a different situation he was a year ago. He’s growing and teams are matching with him and they’re concentrating on him. We’ve got to continue to work ways to get him the ball.”

Patterson said he has confidence in the coaching staff to get him the ball.

“I trust everything coach Turner is doing and the offensive staff,” Patterson said. “When my time comes, my time is going to come and I’ll be ready for it.”

The Vikings are 1-2 on the season and host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

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