New No. 84 earning the 'Freak' label for Vikings
AUG 01, 2013 11:46p ET
It's Patterson's size that has the Vikings believing he can stand up to the rigors of being the full-time kick returner and receiver, unlike how the team tried to conserve the smaller Harvin in the past.
Minnesota said it doesn't have concern over using Patterson on returns and as a receiver because of his build. But his role as a starting receiver will at least be limited early because he's still learning the position. Patterson has been working behind Jerome Simpson at receiver in practices, but one day is expected to fill the No. 1 receiver role along with his return duties.
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