The San Francisco 49ers may have gotten the steal of the draft when they landed wideout Quinton Patton this year in the fourth round, and this week may mark his coming out party.
The Seattle Seahawks will almost certainly use a corner on tight end Vernon Davis and double Anquan Boldin after their game one performances, which will leave plenty of opportunities for the dynamic rookie Patton in one-on-one coverage. The little known rookie possesses lightning-quick acceleration, sharp route-running skills and outstanding run-after-the-catch ability, which makes him the perfect man coverage beater.
The test will be to see how he gets off of press coverage against some of the league’s larger cornerbacks.
At 6-foot and 204 pounds, Patton isn’t the biggest receiver, but he is dynamic in space and stronger than he looks. Unlike the now (thankfully) departed A.J. Jenkins, Patton showed in preseason that he comes in ready to make plays and is hungry to see the field.
Just how big of a game Patton has will be determined by the coaching staff’s decision on his playing time. The 49ers have been happy with Marlon Moore and are excited to have the speedy veteran Kyle Williams back, and each should get some playing time — but don’t expect Patton to sit on the sidelines too long. This kid has gifts, and Jim Harbaugh knows talent when he sees it.
While Harbaugh isn’t known for giving rookies a heavy load, Patton is almost certain to get his hands on the ball at least a few times this game. When he does, we could see something special.
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