“Of course, man. Two years I spent damn near on the sideline,” Patterson said. “That’s never a good feeling for any player. No player wants to go through that. I need to know if I’m going to play or not. If not, I’ll take my talents elsewhere.”
Patterson did have some positive things to say about OC Pat Shurmur, who took over for Norv Turner during the season.
“Pat told me ‘Let’s get you the ball’” Patterson said. “And I saw a lot of that happening for me. It was good for me. I love when I get the ball in my hands and Pat likes to get the ball to me. No matter who you are, he’s trying to spread the ball around. He’s not going to focus on one or two guys.
“I felt like Pat was more of a player’s coach, he kind of got it. He was trying to do some different things than Norv was doing.”
As for whether he’s in the Viking’ plans, Patterson said he wasn’t sure what the team is thinking right now.
“I really don’t know,” Patterson said. “It’s all up to the Vikings, I’m a free agent starting in March and it’s all what the Vikings want to do. If they want me back, they’ll (make a deal) and get me back.”
Patterson, 25, was taken in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Vikings. He played out his four-year, $7,221,046 contract with the Vikings but the team elected to not pick up his fifth-year option last year, which is why he’s in line to be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months.
In 2016, Patterson appeared in all 16 games and caught 52 passes for 453 yards receiving and two touchdowns while adding 792 kick return yards and a touchdown on special teams.