Despite being pushed down the depth chart, coach Mike Zimmer offered a modicum of praise for the receiver.
"I don't know that he's turned a corner yet, but he's definitely rounding one," he said Wednesday, per the Pioneer Press.
Unfortunately, rounding off his routes is one reason Patterson has struggled. Patterson is buried on the depth chart due to his lack of route-running prowess, which didn't progress last season.
Zimmer believes the 24-year-old is taking baby steps toward improving.
"So far he's done good," Zimmer said. "These (three) days he's been impressive. Today's a new day. Hopefully today is just as good as yesterday and yesterday was as good as the day before."
Patterson is relegated to the No. 4 receiver job and kickoff duty at the moment. If the technical improvements don't continue for the uber-athletic receiver, he'll be relegated to that role for the duration of the season.