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 fou...