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Snub or no snub, Patterson motivated to face Patriots

MINNEAPOLIS - Never mind that the New England Patriots coach might not have said it. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson vows to be fired up Sunday against the Patriots because of an alleged comment by Bill Belichick.

MINNEAPOLIS – Never mind that the New England Patriots coach might not have said it. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson vows to be fired up Sunday against the Patriots because of an alleged comment by Bill Belichick.
The Patriots originally had the No. 29 pick in the first round of the 2013 draft. The Vikings then traded them four picks to move up and take Patterson.
“I’ve seen a little article today where Belichick, I think he said he didn’t want me,” Patterson told reporters Thursday. “So that’s the kind of things that stick in the back of a player’s head. And you get out there, you just want to beat the defense up since people say things like that.”
Patterson didn’t say where he read Belichick’s quote, but no evidence has been found that the legendary coach said such a thing. It would seem highly out of character if he did.
When asked about Patterson and the 2013 draft during a news conference in New England, Belichick said the Patriots evaluate every player. In a conference call with Minnesota media members, Belichick said there were “a lot of good players” available where Patterson was picked and the Patriots traded down because they believed it was “best for our team.”
New England ended up getting current starters Jamie Collins at linebacker for the Vikings’ No. 52 pick and Logan Ryan at cornerback for their No. 83 selection. They also received wide receiver Josh Boyce, now on the practice squad, for No. 102 and they used No. 229 in a deal for running back LeGarrette Blount, who is now with Pittsburgh after rushing for 772 yards in 2013.
For the record, Belichick has been largely complimentary of Patterson this week.
“Patterson is obviously an explosive guy,” Belichick said. “You see that in the return game. He’s a deep threat. He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands, whether you hand it to him or throw it to him on a short pass. He’s a dangerous catch-and-run guy, he’s also a vertical guy. … He’s a strong player.”
Those quotes, though, might not fire up Patterson. Then again, he might not need any further motivation.
No disparaging words were heard from the Rams leading up to Minnesota’s 34-6 victory last week in St. Louis. Yet Patterson ran three times for 102 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that put the game away.
“Every time I touch the ball I feel like I need to score and I want to score,” Patterson said. “I don’t like being tackled, so every time I get the ball I’m just trying to get six points.”
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