For the second time in his four-year career, Cordarrelle Patterson has been named to the All-Pro team by the Associated Press. He once again led the NFL with 31.7 yards per return; adding a 104-yard touchdown versus the Arizona Cardinals.
In a make or break year for Patterson, he seemingly made-it as he showed the staff and fans what he is capable of. Along with leading the NFL in return yardage, Patterson helped out as gunner, making big-time tackles. Patterson also improved as a receiver by adding 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns, while adding seven rushing attempts for 43 yards, gaining two first downs.
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The Vikings may now be kicking themselves for offering oft-injured defensive tackle, Sharrif Floyd, an extension before Patterson. Now that Patterson is set to hit the open market as an unrestricted free-agent, it may cost the Vikings more money than they are willing to spend to keep the two-time All-Pro around.
Had the Vikings continued with their torrid defensive output from the first five weeks, a few more guys would have most assuredly been named to the All-Pro team. Even with falling off the pace a bit, Xavier Rhodes (5), Harrison Smith (3), Danielle Hunter (2) and Everson Griffen (1) all received votes just not enough to be named to the first or second teams.
The Associated Press All-Pro team is selected by 50 writers or broadcasters that cover the NFL. Not that it would matter for the Vikings but this was the first time the committee selected offensive linemen according to their specific positions.
This was also the first time that voters were able to select a punt returner; although the votes were not specified, Tyreek Hill was the only one listed. Marcus Sherels must not have been eligible or given a look as he was tied atop the leaderboard with two returns for a touchdown. Had Sherels stayed healthy all season, he could have easily been named to at least the second All-Pro team.
Although never the best gauge as to how the season went for the team, the more All-Pro players selected usually means the team had a greater season. The Vikings will hope to turn heads individually and as a team to garner more All-Pro selections next season.