The Minnesota Vikings hadn't even swung their draft-night deal with the New England Patriots that landed them Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson last April when wide receivers coach George Stewart approached veteran Greg Jennings about serving in a mentor role.

Jennings, who had left the Packers as a free agent in March to sign a five-year, $45 million contract with the Vikings that includes $17.8 million in guarantees, immediately figured that Patterson was some type of project or came with baggage. Fair or not, Patterson had been labeled by some as being on the immature side.

Jennings quickly learned otherwise. as_mentor_to_rookie