Cordarrelle Patterson's talent as a receiver and runner in the draft was rivaled only by Tavon Austin and enticed the Minnesota Vikings to draft Patterson in the first round.

The expectation was Patterson would provide an immediate impact as a returner while developing as a receiver. The expectation was dependent on Patterson getting the ball on kickoff returns.

He didn't have much of a chance in the season opener and the league is lessening the opportunities for kickoff returners.

"It's kind of frustrating" Patterson said. "When I do catch the ball I try to make the most of it. When they kick it over my head sometimes I just wish they'd kick it to me. But they're great kickers and there's going to be a lot that go over my head so I just got to live with it."

His first five chances on Sunday against Detroit ended up in touchbacks. Patterson the excited rookie didn't get anxious and frustration wasn't an issue either.

"I was waiting for him to get frustrated" special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said. "I had my little 'don't be frustrated' talk ready and I didn't have to use it because he was locked in and he was ready to roll. He just knew that when he gets his opportunities he needs to be ready for them."

Detroit's kickoff specialist punter Sam Martin did provide chances albeit risky ones for Patterson later. Patterson took the final two kickoffs out of the end zone both from eight yards deep. He went 30 yards on his first return and 24 yards on the second.

Priefer said he wouldn't fill comfortable with every returner starting out so deep in the end zone. But he doesn't mind Patterson bringing the kick out from deep but it depends on the situation.

"We're not just going to do it just to do it" Priefer said. "We're not about stats. We're about field position and helping our team win games and that's what it's all about. We feel that a guy like him because he is a game changer in our opinion and that's one of the reasons why we drafted him that he's a pretty special guy so hopefully we get him some more opportunities this week."

Priefer said the Vikings like to be aggressive in the return game.