The New England Patriots received four draft picks to step aside and let the Vikings select Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th pick in this year’s NFL draft. With the third of those four picks from the Vikings the Patriots selected a receiver of their own in Josh Boyce of Texas Christian. Boyce is no Cordarrelle Patterson but the Patriots liked his value in the fourth round as the 102nd overall pick. Two weeks into their regular-season NFL careers here is the total number of offensive plays for these two draft picks: • The explosive 6-2 220-pound first-rounder for the 0-2 team: 11. • The scrappy 5-11 205-pound fourth-rounder for the 2-0 team: 16. There’s no way Vikings coach Leslie Frazier had the time or inclination to look up Boyce’s snap count. But he certainly knows Patterson’s total. And he’s officially put his soft-spoken but firm foot down. “It’s just an oversight on our part; a major oversight because Cordarrelle is a playmaker” Frazier said Monday. “He should be out there. We’ve just got to get him on the field.” There were 27 receivers selected in this year’s draft. Patterson was the third taken behind the Rams’ Tavon Austin (eighth) and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins (27th). Of the top eight receivers taken — three in the first round three in the second round and the top two of five picked in the third round — only Tennessee second-rounder Justin Hunter (34th) has played fewer offensive snaps than Patterson. Look deeper in the draft and you’ll find other receivers playing considerably more than Patterson. Oakland seventh-round pick Brice Butler the 209th overall pick has played 58 offensive snaps including 51 percent of the Raiders’ snaps in their victory over the Jaguars on Sunday. Butler a 6-3 214-pounder from San Diego State has been targeted four times and has caught three passes for 18 yards. Patterson has been targeted three times and has three catches for 24 yards. Saints fifth-rounder Kenny Stills the 144th overall pick has played 86 offensive snaps for 2-0 New Orleans. He has played in more than half of the Saints’ offensive plays in each of their victories and has three catches for 96 yards including a 67-yarder vs. Atlanta.
Vikings eager to get Patterson in on the action
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Sep 19