Despite playing just one season at the University of Tennessee, Vikings rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson looks like a veteran so far.
"It's going better than I thought," Patterson said this week. "I thought it was going to be a lot harder. I thought it was going to be a lot of running, a lot of lifting and just a lot of everything. It's going great."
The first-round draft pick said he has no particular expectations during his first season with the Vikings.
"I just hope to go in and get some playing time whenever and wherever coach needs me," Patterson said.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is wearing jersey No. 84.
"It means a lot to me because my sister was born in '84 and I got this number in high school," he said. "Every opportunity I've had, in junior college and at Tennessee, I had an opportunity to wear 84."
Eccentric former Viking Randy Moss also wore No. 84.
"I liked Moss a lot growing up and watching him, but I can't compare myself to him," Patterson said. "I'm my own guy."
Patterson said he cherishes his NFL opportunity.
"When you think about it, it's crazy," he said. "A couple months ago I was in college and training for the (scouting) combine, getting ready for this. Now I'm gong to San Francisco this week (to play the 49ers). It's going to be a great experience and I'm looking forward to it."
Patterson, as the Vikings' third first-round draft pick (No. 29 overall) in April, received a signing bonus of $3.63 million. He bought his mother, Catherine, a car.
"I tried to buy her a brand new car, but she saw something used that she wanted," Patterson said. "Whatever Momma wanted, she could get. She wanted a used one. She's happy.