Minnesota fans, introduce yourselves to your newest weapon, but in a very familiar jersey. That’s right, first round draft pick and former Tennessee Volunteer will be wearing No. 84 for the Vikings, the same number Randy Moss sported during his seven-time Pro Bowl tenure with the franchise.
While some players may have shied away from the number, Patterson relishes the opportunity.
“Randy Moss was my role model growing up since I was little,” Patterson told 1500 ESPN. “I wore 84 in high school, and I was purple and gold. So, I looked up to Randy Moss the whole time. I got a chance to practice on the field he practiced on and play in the game he played in.”
At 6-foot-2, Patterson measures in slightly shorter than Moss’ 6-foot-4, but the young potential star is just as athletic. Seen as an incredibly raw route-runner and pass catcher, Patterson was rated the No. 1 receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft thanks to his physical ability. The track star was clocked in at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 37-inch vertical leap.
If he can put some of those attributes on display on Sundays, he might just give Vikings fans some very pleasant flashbacks.