ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier spoke with the Detroit media Wednesday morning. A quick, bullet-point, wrap-up of what Frazier touched on.
Frazier thinks the recovery time of Adrian Peterson from his ACL injury “puts a lot of pressure on other players to be back and be back in top form in eight months.” As to whether or not that is realistic or fair for other players to expect to do that in the future, Frazier wasn’t too sure about that.
Frazier said there was “a chance” defensive tackle Kevin Williams could return this week. He injured his knee on a block in the preseason finale against San Francisco.
There’s the hope in Minnesota that rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could eventually fill the role vacated by former Vikings receiver Percy Harvin. Frazier’s thoughts there: “He’s working as hard as he can to keep improving and keep trying to get better. Now it’ll be a challenge for him on Sunday because what we saw in the preseason, the speed of the game is going to pick up a little bit and the defensive schemes are going to be far different than what they were in the preseason. There’s going to be an adjustment, as there is going to be for most first-year wide receivers but over time he’ll just continue to get better and better.”
Frazier remembered Detroit defensive end Israel Idonije “always gave us fits” when he was playing with the Bears. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit increased its sack total from a season ago.