NFC North Notes: Patterson, Bennett, Lions

With Stefon Diggs emerging as the Vikings‘ top explosive young receiver, a role that Cordarrelle Patterson had previously been expected to occupy, Patterson tells Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he’s not worried about his future in Minnesota.

I don’t need to worry about my future,” Patterson said. “I’m here. I’m here for a reason. If they wanted to let me go, they would have let me go when the trade [deadline] was here. I’m not worried about anything.”

Although Patterson isn’t sure why he’s barely seen the field this year, he says he just wants “to control what I can control,” and is trying to make the most of his limited snaps. Here’s more from around the NFC North:

  • Bears tight end Martellus Bennett doesn’t sound thrilled by his role in the Bears’ offense, but tells Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times he’s not going to complain about not getting more looks. “That’s a bad employee,” Bennett said. “I just kinda keep my head down and go to work. Because when you say something, you become the a–hole, even if it’s a valid point. So I just avoid drama.”
  • Bears GM Ryan Pace has scouted Cal’s Jared Goff and Michigan State’s Connor Cook in person this season, and will constantly be on the lookout for the type of elite franchise quarterback he had in New Orleans with Drew Brees. Still, as Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune writes, Jay Cutler has shown positive signs under new offensive coordinator Adam Gase, and the guaranteed salary left on his contract suggests he’s likely to be Chicago’s quarterback again in 2016.
  • While Sheldon White is taking over for Martin Mayhew as the Lions‘ general manager on an interim basis, Michael Rothstein of identifies five potential candidate for the permanent GM job in Detroit.
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  1. Rory Parks

    The Vikings would obviously be selling low if they were to deal Patterson, but it’s clear that both sides need to move on. Patterson still has potential as an explosive playmaker, and his tantalizing rookie season is surely appealing to a number of clubs. One of those teams might be willing to give up a mid-round pick for him this offseason.

  2. Sam Robinson

    Those gadget receivers have a tendency to perplex coaches as seen through the prism of Tavon Austin’s career. But Patterson appears to be on a much lower career trajectory even. He’ll receive another chance somewhere if Minnesota moves on. That kind of athleticism is if nothing else valuable in the return game.


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