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The issue with Patterson has become that his role in the offense has been all but eliminated. In more games than not, Patterson was on the field for five offensive snaps or fewer. Even if he could make an impact, his limited opportunities typically resulted in more attention being paid him by the opponent's defensive coordinator than his own offensive coordinator.
When the Vikings moved back into the first round in 2013 to select Patterson, they were convinced that he would be the answer to the post-Moss prayers. That prayer has yet to be answered.