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Quinton Patton 2013 Season Outlook

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Figured I might as well start this thread considering I love him this year. I think he has a great chance to get playing time and even starting on this WR corp that has an old Boldin and Crabtree done. I think he is worth a late round flier and can dominate based on what I saw from him this last year in college. I'm on the hype train.

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Hard for me to like him very much. He have Boldin and Davis in front of him (as the primary targets), they spent a first rounder on Jenkins last year and maybe he gets to see the field this year. They have Manningham, although he might not end up on the roster idk. Crabtree will probably be back later in the season. Gore is also capable of catching passes.

Throw in the fact that rookies hardly ever put up big numbers (aside from AJ Green, and Julio probably would have if he stayed healthy), and they usually take some time to develop and might not come on until the second half of the season (and by that time Crabtree and Manningham could be back out there), especially someone who is a later round pick. Rookie WRs are often inconsistent too (all WRs are to some extent, but rookie WRs are more so imo)

I don't like rookie WRs much though so maybe I'm biased (unless they're elite talents that were drafted in the 1st round).

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my thoughts on Patton:

dynasty league- intriguing pickup if you have lots of space and are patient

keeper league (deep)- watch list half into the season

redraft league (even if deep)- pretty much zero value

thing is, most people who like Patton are enamored with his talent and college performance. well, that means zero to the Niners coaching staff. there are some teams in the league who like to throw rookies into fire and see their talent realize. that's not how it works with the Niners coaches, especially on offense

so he isn't going to start for the Niners, and even given the best case scenario (say, working his way up to start past the second half), there are a lot of things that further diminish his value:

1. Niners spread the ball around

2. Niners have ran 1WR formation for majority of their offensive plays, one of tops in the league (hence why Gore has faced the most 8-man fronts in the league)

3. Kinda stemming from #2, but Niners are still a run-first team unless the defense keeps on reeling.

You put those factors together, and you have at BEST a low-target, ~50 yard per game receiver towards end of the season.

and the worst case is he doesnt play at all.

I wouldnt bother in redrafts at all, and Id watch his stock in keepers and dynasties.

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The San Francisco 49ers were a bit quiet on offense to start Sunday's preseason opener, but the third drive of the game showed how strong the offense can look. Colin Kaepernick completed six straight passes in driving the 49ers offense to the first unit's first preseason touchdown.

A key player on the drive was rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton. The fourth round pick had been practicing throughout training camp, but a finger fracture kept him out of the first two preseason games. Patton made his debut Sunday afternoon, and looked incredibly sharp as he caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. On his touchdown catch, he extended his route in the end zone, buying Kap time to fire it in. On his other catches, he showed a slipperiness that allowed him to pick up extra yards after the catch.

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Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton have formed a unique relationship in the short time they’ve worked together at 49ers headquarters.

One is a buttoned-up 11-year veteran who is all about football. The other is a lively rookie who is all about getting information from the buttoned-up 11-year veteran who is all about football.

The biggest common bond between the two is that both players share the love of being competitors at the wide receiver position.

Boldin’s young teammate has already made quite the impression on the veteran in the short time they’ve been teammates. When the rookie receiver’s name was brought up to Boldin this week, all the veteran could do was smile.

“He’s just a kid with a bunch of energy,” the 49ers No. 1 receiver said. “Every day he always comes in with a smile on his face. He always comes in with high energy, willing to learn.”

So why did Boldin react that way when asked about rookie he’s helped mentor? Because Patton’s infectious demeanor has been an enjoyable aspect of camp.

“Every day, no matter, how everybody else is feeling, he’s always full of energy,” Boldin said. “He’s one of those guys that brings a spark to the room.”

Boldin, who is known for his serious approach to the game, has no problem with it at all.

“We allow him to be him,” Boldin said. “If that’s who you are, definitely bring it. You don’t want to alter the way somebody is. You want them to be themselves.”

Patton’s liveliness has been easily noticed in camp. He’s also stood out for being the only receiver to wear a non-contact jersey in practice. Patton jammed the middle finger on his left hand at rookie workouts before camp and has been told not to catch passes at practice.

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Even so, Patton has used the camp sessions to sharpen his understanding of the offense and maintain his football conditioning. It’s tough to not catch the passes being thrown his way, but Patton understands the importance of healing for the regular season.

“I’m getting more mental reps than anything,” said Patton, who is leaving it up to the coaches to determine his availability in the preseason. “I’ve been in the playbook. I’ve probably learned the playbook a lot better from being out there.”

Boldin sees the non-contact practice reps as a positive for his exuberant teammate.

“I think it’s been good for him,” the three-time Pro Bowl wideout said. “Although he hasn’t been able to catch the ball, he’s been able to go in and go against the defense. He’s been able to run routes, but obviously he hasn’t been able to catch it.”

Well, that hasn’t always been the case.

At one point of camp, Patton hauled in a one-handed reception on a sideline pass from

Scott Tolzien. The rookie wasn’t supposed to do it, but he couldn’t help but use his healthy right hand to secure the ball into his stomach.

Boldin sees the practice time helping Patton in more ways than one.

“I think it’s good they’re still throwing him the ball because he gets a chance to see the speed of the ball,” the veteran said. “And he’s made a couple catches actually. It’s good for him to be in there.”

For his part, Patton is pleased with the strides he’s made, especially with his conditioning at this point of training camp.

“I haven’t really been sitting out,” he said. “I’ve been running around full speed and getting a lot of scout team reps… I’m getting conditioning in and working on dropping my hips in my routes.”

When the first-team offense takes the field, Patton has taken close mental notes on Boldin’s route-running and play-making ability. Patton will also typically find Boldin at practice and ask him questions.

“He’ll be dropping knowledge on me,” Patton said with a smile of his own. “And every once in a while he’ll drop a joke, but it’s strictly business.

“He’s been a great teammate.”

http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/Boldin-Mentors-Excitable-Patton/ab3dc1c8-9532-4d1f-b7be-6186b5020765

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Liking this guy. If I could get something saying he's behind Boldin or that he's ahead of Moore, I'd be jumping all over him

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"We saw a lot of him catching the ball prior to July 23, then he had the injury and was out for three weeks. But, he wasn't really out, because he was still out there practicing. But, yeah I think he's a good physical player. I don't think that the big stage bothers him, and it doesn't make him nervous. He's a competitor, you notice that. Boy you hate to say too much more about a rookie player. See if he can't just keep getting better."

-Harbaugh

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Quinton Patton had a nice debut for the San Francisco 49ers in their third preseason game. He showed exactly why the team was high on him in organized team activities and throughout training camp. Some scouts I talked to felt he was a polished receiver that’s ready to make an impact.

A group of receivers were thrown into the mix to compete for the starting spot vacated by Michael Crabtree, who went down with an Achilles injury and will be out until at least November. The original candidates included Marlon Moore, Patton, A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette, but only Moore and Patton are still on the roster.

Moore has gotten most of the reps with the first team offense and has seemingly secured the starting spot for now. Patton may have made a move on the starting position, but after breaking his middle finger while catching a throw from Colt McCoy, the rookie could only run routes in team activities and wasn’t able to show off his hands.

I was quite surprised Patton dropped to the fourth-round in the draft. The 49ers were very fortunate to get such an impactful player that late. Some things that stood out to scouts showed up in the 49ers latest preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Patton proved capable of getting off the line of scrimmage. He did a great job of repositioning the corner so he could get an inside release and get open. He did this by giving a hard step to the outside and getting the corner to commit. Once his hips were turned, Patton had him beat.

As receivers, we have a saying; “If I’m even, I’m leaving!”

Patton was able to get even with the corner and put him on his back hip as Colin Kaepernick made the throw to him for his first catch as a pro, a 19-yard gain.

Watch how easily Patton sets up his routes. He does a great job of stemming his routes all the same; making it harder for corners to diagnose which route he’s running until it’s too late. The 23-year-old rookie has a thorough understanding of route concepts.

With more playing time, you’ll see the quality of Patton’s fade routes, always giving the three to five-yard cushion necessary to adjust to a ball in the air, which offers his quarterback more room to work with on the sideline. Cushion also allows for room on back-shoulder throws.

Most receivers coming out of college haven’t mastered this critical concepts. He does an excellent job selling routes with his head fakes. His 4.48 40-yard-dash time isn’t elite, but Patton will get behind plenty of defensive backs.

There are plenty of subtle things receivers can do within their routes helping them get open, even against the fastest corners. Post and corner routes are good examples. An explosive release instantly threatens the defensive back that must maintain his cushion, but as a receiver closes in the corner is forced to open his hips to the outside, or turn inside and run with the receiver, trying to keep his cushion.

A good receiver looks a corner in the eye while running towards him, glancing in the opposite direction just before sticking his foot in the ground to make his break, redirecting the corner. This is how a receiver can sell a route with his eyes.? Head fakes are another useful tool, as is leaning in the opposite direction, which we see on post routes. Receivers lean outside before making a sharp break back inside. Done correctly, this technique will turn the defensive back around.

Obviously, NFL defensive backs are aware of all this — that’s when double move comes into play.

Patton demonstrated this while at Louisiana Tech, catching a great post route for a touchdown against Illinois. The 49ers will hope to duplicate this if he’s ever lined up in the slot opposite safety in man coverage.

Patton drew comparisons to Reggie Wayne coming out of college. A high compliment, but the similarities are there. Both are good route-runners and pure hands catchers. Neither has blazing speed but both can get deep. Patton’s touchdown against the Vikings showed his understanding of the game.

Originally on a slant route, Patton continued across his quarterback’s face while Colin Kaepernick went through his progressions, the rookie realized he had his defender beat, making the catch as he throttled down before running into the next defender.

Plays like that will help him get an opportunity, and he has the right attributes to succeed. Patton’s go-getter mentality is key to being a legit receiver. He’s energetic, showing he belongs, and he just gave the 49ers a taste of what they were hoping for when they drafted him. He’ll only get better as the season goes on so be sure to keep an eye on this young impactful player.

There’s good reason to be excited about Quinton Patton.

http://49ersnews.com/2013/08/time-to-get-excited-about-quinton-patton/

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quietly watching him since Kaep had good things to say about him earlier this week...

Hello...lightning, get here in this bottle! Ya never know in the NFL...u just have got to be ready.

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Any player that can have 21 catches, 233 yards and 4 touchdowns in a Division I college football game (vs. Texas A&M) deserves a second look. He looked good the other day in the 49ers pre-season game too. I picked him up and figure...why not, especially in a deep league. Take the wait-and-see approach.

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quietly watching him since Kaep had good things to say about him earlier this week...

Hello...lightning, get here in this bottle! Ya never know in the NFL...u just have got to be ready.

Yep. 49ers boards are having trouble with the true comp. Marvin Harrison? Victor Cruz? Dude has sticky hands (lowest drop % in college) and quickness in his break. Throw in his gold teeth and he might be ready for primetime due to the Niners WR situation.

*Btw, those comps are not those players in their prime, but the TYPE of WR.

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quietly watching him since Kaep had good things to say about him earlier this week...

Hello...lightning, get here in this bottle! Ya never know in the NFL...u just have got to be ready.

Yep. 49ers boards are having trouble with the true comp. Marvin Harrison? Victor Cruz? Dude has sticky hands (lowest drop % in college) and quickness in his break. Throw in his gold teeth and he might be ready for primetime due to the Niners WR situation.

*Btw, those comps are not those players in their prime, but the TYPE of WR.

Not bad comparisons

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With Kap at QB anythings possible. I'm taking a flier on every team.

I added him as well

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General Patton is going to do big things this year. Looks to have won the WR2 battle with one hand tied behind his back basically. Was only allowed to run routes and catch one handed passes throughout most of camp.

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Still hard for me to trust Rookie WR. I wouldn't go crazy adding him yet... In a dynasty league sure.

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General Patton is going to do big things this year. Looks to have won the WR2 battle with one hand tied behind his back basically. Was only allowed to run routes and catch one handed passes throughout most of camp.

dam crazy, how you know this? Source? (about catching with one hand)

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When was the last time a WR2 in San Fran was fantasy relevant?

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General Patton is going to do big things this year. Looks to have won the WR2 battle with one hand tied behind his back basically. Was only allowed to run routes and catch one handed passes throughout most of camp.

dam crazy, how you know this? Source? (about catching with one hand)

It's true. I don't have a source handy either, but Patton had a broken finger and was practicing but wasn't supposed to be making any catches in order to protect the injury. Apparently he couldn't help himself and made a few one handed catches that were really impressive.

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When was the last time a WR2 in San Fran was fantasy relevant?

What if he (or Moore) is actually the WR1?

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When was the last time a WR2 in San Fran was fantasy relevant?

What if he (or Moore) is actually the WR1?

So they trust them more than Boldin? Dream on.

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