The gist was that there's no doubt he is a phenomenal talent. Anyone with eyes can see that. But Patterson desperately needs to round out the fundamental aspects of his game in order to get himself on the field.
"There's no question he is, again there's another young guy that came out early and made a splash his rookie year because of his unique speed and his unique athletic traits," general manager Rick Spielman told The Star Tribune. "Sometimes you have to go through some growing pains where you have to realize it's more than just that. It's more than just relying on your athletic skill set and what it takes to be a great receiver in this league."
On the bright side, Spielman thinks Patterson has turned a corner in that respect.
"I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle."
If Patterson could round out the other aspects of his game, especially downfield blocking, there's no question he would be on the field more and would have more opportunities to develop as a route runner.