WR Quinton Patton - Free Agent

6-0, 204Born: 8-9-1990College: Louisiana TechDrafted: Round 4, pick 2013

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2016 Week 1 vs LA (5 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)

Patton produced the 49ers' longest gain of the game, a 35-yard completion that included 21 yards after the catch. Lined up outside in a trips left formation, Patton found the soft spot between the cornerback and safety in Los Angeles' cover-2 zone, caught the pass, and then made two defenders miss, setting up 1st-and-goal for San Francisco. Otherwise, it was an average game for Patton, with most targets coming when Gabbert took what the defense was giving him. It's worth noting that, on two of these targets, Patton displayed strong hands by catching two poorly thrown Gabbert passes.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Patton's highlight of the day actually came on a play where he wasn't targeted. In the latter third of Vance McDonald's 75-yard touchdown, with McDonald running out of steam and four Panthers chasing him down, Patton threw a devastating block 50 yards downfield to McDonald's closest pursuer. There is no touchdown without that block.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Patton could have had two big plays if not for Blaine Gabbert's inaccuracy. The first was an intermediate back-shoulder throw down the left sideline that fell incomplete because it was underthrown and too far inside. The second, which resulted in an interception, was on a shallow crossing pattern wherein Patton had beaten cornerback DeShawn Shead in man-to-man coverage. The throw, which was high and outside, forced Patton to stab at it rather than catch it in stride. And as we all know, tipped balls in the middle of the field typically don't have happy endings.

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Patton was targeted three times in the first quarter, but never targeted again. Why? It appears that San Francisco was intentionally picking on sixth-round rookie Anthony Brown, who replaced the inactive Orlando Scandrick at slot cornerback. For most of the first quarter, Patton was lined up in the slot, rather than his customary left wide receiver spot and beat Brown repeatedly. Both incompletions were due to poor throws after Patton beat Brown on corner routes. For whatever reason, Chip Kelly moved him back outside after taking a 14-0 lead, which meant that this juicy matchup was now Jeremy Kerley's to exploit. In his short time as an offensive contributor, he made a first-down catch along the sideline on 3rd-and-13 and made a textbook crackback block to spring Blaine Gabbert's read-option keeper for a first down on 3rd-and-1.

2016 Week 5 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

On one hand, Patton's lone reception (and target) before garbage time was in the red zone, setting up San Francisco's second touchdown with 1st-and-goal at the 1-yard line. On the other hand, said reception was the result of a blown coverage that left him wide open at the 6-yard line, and he chose to dive to the ground rather than elude tacklers to score himself. Of course, with Carlos Hyde being a shoo-in to score on four potential rushing attempts in that situation, this was by no means an egregious decision. Rather, the point is that, with respect to fantasy football, this one play could have produced 6.1 more points for Patton and 6.1 fewer points for Hyde.

2016 Week 6 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)

In what can only be interpreted as an homage to Jim Harbaugh, Chip Kelly dusted off the jet sweep from 49ers playbooks past. What once worked to the benefit of Ted Ginn in 2011 now worked for Patton in 2016. In almost all fantasy football leagues, rushing yardage counts the same as receiving yardage. That said, outside of Tavon Austin, they're worth distinguishing when evaluating a typical wide receiver's performance. In that vein, it's worth pointing out that Patton's jet sweeps accounted for 2 "receptions" and 28 "receiving yards." Therefore, his stat line as a receiver was really 2 receptions on 5 targets for 24 yards. None of this is to say he performed poorly. For instance, on one of his actual targets, he made a nice hands catch in traffic across the middle for a first down on San Francisco's second-quarter drive that brought them back within one point.

2016 Week 7 vs TB (4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

In a microcosm of San Francisco's offensive day, Patton's most notable plays involved miscues. The first was his own fault. Down three With less then a minute left in the first half, the 49ers had 2nd-and-10 on their own 38-yard line with one timeout left. Chip Kelly called a bubble screen to Patton, who had a convoy of blockers in front of him between the numbers and the sideline. Inexplicably, he immediately ran directly into the middle of the field where multiple tacklers awaited. Instead of a big gain and a timeout saved for kicking a field goal three or four plays later, it was a 2 -yard gain, a timeout wasted, and an eventual punt two plays later. The second miscue involving Patton was was the fault of his teammates, who lined up in an illegal formation, thereby negating his 15-yard reception on 3rd-and-6.

2016 Week 9 vs NO (9 / 6 / 106 / 0 rec)

Patton's gaudy stat line is a bit misleading; that is, unless San Francisco plays a pass defense as bad as the Saints' between now and the end of the season. To wit, two of his longest receiving gains came via finding a hole in New Orleans' zone, a coverage in which they had difficulty with respect to teamwork all game long. Another 33 of Patton's receiving yards came on Chip Kelly's continued ode to Jim Harbaugh: the shovel pass jet sweep (which, incidentally, seems to work every time he runs it). And finally, Patton had 3 catches for 44 yards in fourth-quarter garbage time, which we can chalk up to defensive indifference.

2016 Week 10 vs ARI (9 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)

No doubt, the highlight of Patton's performance was beating cornerback Justin Bethel one-on-one on a deep post for 45 yards. Unfortunately, he couldn't beat anything else Arizona's defense offered. For example, after weeks of success, the 49ers' patented "shovel-pass jet sweep to Patton in motion" play was snuffed out, resulting in a 6-yard loss. One supposes that, to his credit, Patton's two incomplete targets involved Kaepernick firing a fastball at Kerley's shoulder from 10 yards away and throwing an inaccurate corner route thrown out of bounds.

2016 Week 11 vs NE (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Patton's two receptions weren't the stuff of highlight reels, so let's discuss his incomplete targets. The first was his fault, as he couldn't hold on during a sliding catch attempt after Kaepernick placed his pass perfectly along the sideline. The second was a great individual play by Logan Ryan, who came off his receiver to deflect the pass after Patton had found an intermediate zone between Malcolm Butler and Patrick Chung. Finally, Patton's third incomplete target was a deep shot late in the game where Kaepernick slightly overthrew him in the end zone. It's hard to imagine even a perfect pass resulting in a touchdown because Eric Rowe ran with him stride for stride.

2016 Week 12 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Patton left early in the third quarter after suffering a possible concussion. Prior to that, his only reception came against Tony Lippett wherein Patton was able to get inside leverage on a skinny post.

2016 Week 13 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Combined, Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert threw 15 passes to 7 different receivers. Patton wasn't one of them, presumably because the 49ers' powers-that-be chose to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.

2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Patton did all of his "damage" in the first half. (Amazingly, he didn't have a target between the first play of the second quarter and the fourth play of overtime.) His first target of the game came on the 49ers' second drive, which put them up 14-0 midway through the first quarter. In a rare opportunity to work out of the right slot (70% of his routes are from wide left), his slant route found a hole in the Jets' intermediate zone coverage 9 yards downfield, and he picked up 10 yards after the catch. Patton's only other target worth mentioning was another slant against zone coverage, this time as the trail man out of a bunch left formation. Colin Kaepernick was immediately under duress from the pass rush, but found Patton uncovered underneath. The throw, understandably, wasn't perfectly accurate, but Patton was able to reach out and make a one-handed catch, thereby turning 0 yards (or worse) into a 6-yard gain.

2016 Week 15 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Patton suffered a season-ending foot injury on the first play of the second quarter. In the books, it occurred on a reception for minus-9 yards, which seems impossible. Turns out it was actually his patented jet sweep wherein the ball just happens to be shoveled a half-yard forward to him, and therefore counts as a pass. So how did the play lose nine yards? Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell went unblocked on the left edge, with his initial hit five yards behind the line forcing Patton to spin six yards further back to get away from it. From there, Patton found himself 1-on-3 to get back to the line. Instead, he ran towards the sideline, where cornerback Robert Alford made a spinning tackle as he was going out of bounds. That second spin was where he hurt his foot.

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

As the game progressed, and the score got more and more lopsided, San Francisco increased their use of three-wide sets, thereby giving Patton an atypical number of snaps and routes run (28). Indeed, he didn't get his first target until there were 90 seconds left in the half, and the 49ers were losing 29-3. And his other three targets came with San Francisco down 43-18 and on their final drive of the game.

2015 Week 4 vs GB (2 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)

With San Francisco trailing on every offensive possession and with Vernon Davis out, Patton was on the field in three-wide sets more than usual. And yet, he only had one legitimate target. That said, he made the most of this target, gaining 11 yards and a first down on a 3rd-down quick slant. Furthermore, his illegitimate target, a shovel pass on a jet sweep, produced one of San Francisco's two gains of 40-plus yards. In total, Patton's open-field running skills resulted in the statistical anomaly whereby he actually had more yards after catch (54) than receiving yards (53).

2015 Week 6 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)

With the 49ers choosing to go three-wide more than usual, Patton saw his most playing time of the season. His touchdown was on a broken play where Kaepernick bought extra time in the pocket, and found Patton wide open in the end zone after Shareece Wright fell down in coverage. He also beat Wright later in the fourth quarter on a deep comeback route along the sideline, making a nice diving catch on an underthrown pass.

2015 Week 8 vs LA (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Patton provided one of the few highlights for San Francisco's offense: a diving basket catch for 33 yards. On the play, Patton ran a deep crossing pattern and was able to find an open lane between the levels of St. Louis' coverage.

2015 Week 9 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)

Patton continued to show his penchant for big plays in an offense where they're few and far between. Unlike most unheralded big-play receivers, however, Patton's receptions of 40-plus yards aren't the result of deep passes. To wit, his 41-yard reception in the first quarter, which catalyzed San Francisco's first touchdown drive, came on a pass that traveled only 7 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. On the play, Patton lined up at left slot in a four-receiver formation, with cornerback Phillip Adams in man-to-man coverage. Patton immediately beat Adams inside on his slant route and then deepened it slightly to accompany Blaine Gabbert's rush-induced rollout to the right. Once Patton caught the pass, there was wide-open green space in front of him, so the long gain was a fait accompli. That said, two Falcons defenders were in position to limit the damage, but Patton used cut-back moves to elude safety William Moore 18 yards downfield and cornerback Jalen Collins 26 yards downfield.

2015 Week 11 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Another game, another instance of Patton helping his team more than Torrey Smith, but nevertheless remaining largely uninvolved. On San Francisco's lone touchdown drive, Patton beat cornerback Cary Williams -- who was benched soon after -- on a comeback route for a 15-yard reception on 3rd-and-7, thereby producing a first down at midfield.

2015 Week 12 vs ARI (6 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Patton making only 1 reception despite 6 targets was primarily due to Gabbert's inaccuracy. The first incompletion was badly underthrown (and intercepted). The second was a 5-yard crossing route that Gabbert threw at Patton's knees. The third was an overthrown deep ball. The fourth was thrown high and behind Patton on an intermediate dig route. The fifth incompletion was the only one that was Patton's fault, dropping an easy catch on a quick out.

2015 Week 14 vs CLE (9 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)

This game was a mixed bag for Patton. On the plus side, San Francisco finally seemed to incorproate him into their game plan, what with being the intended target on three of Gabbert's first five throws. Unfortunately, two of those were incomplete because of inaccurate passes. On Patton's other six targets, he showed he was able to defeat the man-to-man coverage of Cleveland's young cornerbacks, Charles Gaines and K'Waun Williams. He was not, however, able to beat veteran Tramon Williams. , especially against cornerback Charles Gaines. Although he finished the game as the 49ers' most-targeted receiver, he could have finished as their leading yardage gainer if not for nullifying his own 35-yard reception (after beating K'Waun Williams on a corner route) by illegally motioning towards the line of scrimmage at the snap.

2015 Week 15 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Outside of -- and perhaps because of -- a third-down false start that drew the ire of Jim Tomsula early in the game, Patton was a non-factor until the Bengals began using their "quarter of defensive indifference" strategy in the fourth. He did make the most of those opportunities, though, showing considerable individual skill on all three of his receptions. The first was a diving catch on a slant route against zone. The second showed off his elusiveness, as he juked safety Shawn Williams out of his cleats to gain 5 extra yards after the catch. Patton's final catch was another successful dive that came after beating Dre Kirkpatrick on a quick slant in man-to-man.

2015 Week 16 vs DET (4 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)

Patton's lone reception came on a crossing route against Detroit's zone defense late in the third quarter. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch didn't stand much chance of keeping up with Patton once he caught the pass, and Torrey Smith's route cleared the area of potential tacklers, so Patton was able to run untouched for 23 additional yards. Patton's other targets came on three consecutive plays at Detroit's 22-yard line with less than two minutes left in the first half. Matched up one-on-one against cornerback Nevin Lawson, all three targets fell incomplete. The first was knocked away by Lawson, the second was overthrown because Lawson got in the way of Patton's double-move, and the third was thrown too far out of bounds for Patton to keep his feet in for a sideline reception (although he did make the diving catch).

2015 Week 17 vs LA (2 / 1 / 33 / 0 rec)

Patton had only one catch (and only two targets), but it essentially won the game. With four minutes left in overtime, and just outside Phil Dawson's range, Blaine Gabbert made a sight adjustment based on the Rams' blitz look and the 9-yard cushion that cornerback Tramon Williams was giving Patton outside the numbers in a four-receiver set. At the snap, Gabbert immediately threw Patton's way. After the catch, Patton cut inside, juked strong safety Maurice Alexander, then juked free safety Rodney McLeod 8 yards further downfield, and then sprinted towards the end zone. If there was any nit to pick on the play, it's that, despite being a wide receiver in full sprint, Patton was actually caught from behind by defensive tackle (!!!) Ernie Sims.

2014 Week 16 vs SD (6 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 20 / 0 rush)

Patton had a couple of short grabs of little consequence early in the game, but his fumble in overtime is what stood out. After a 20 yard gain around the left end Patton had the ball stripped as he went to the ground, setting up the Chargers game winning drive.

2014 Week 17 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 35 / 0 rec)

Patton's 35 yard reception came after a breakdown in the play. Kaepernick scrambled then threw a bullet that Patton bobbled and then secured.

2013 Week 4 vs STL (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Patton had one catch for no yardage, and then left the game with a foot fracture.

2013 Week 17 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 26 / 0 rush)

With Mario Manningham on injured reserve, Patton was slotted in the third wide receiver role. Unfortunately for Patton, San Francisco doesn't play a lot of three wide sets, so the opportunities for the rookie to shine were limited. However, with the game on the line, Patton made an extraordinary catch to set San Francisco up for a game-winning field goal. Kaepernick locked on to Patton as the rookie took on one-on-one coverage down the sideline. Kaepernick lofted the ball towards Patton, and even with tight coverage, Patton was able to grab the short ball and secure it against his body for a 29-yard gain. The decision by Kaepernick to throw to the covered rookie on such a vital play displayed a ton of confidence in Patton's development. On a slant in the 3rd quarter, Patton was able to fight off heavy duress to make a great catch, securing the ball even as the corner smacked him from behind. Patton was also used on an end-around in the first quarter. McDonald made a great block to open space on the outside and Patton showed excellent speed to burn through open space for a 26-yard gain.

2013 Week 18 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Patton's one play was on a pitch from Colin Kaepernick which seemed doomed from the snap. The Packers sniffed it out immediately and flattened Patton under a pile of defenders.

2013 Week 19 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Patton had two very impressive plays that contributed to the 49ers' victory. When Kaepernick ran in the touchdown from the 4-yard line, Patton did a great job of blocking the inside pursuit, allowing Kaepernick the space to get outside. On the third play of the game, Patton beat his man at the line of scrimmage and broke in to the free space of the zone coverage. Kaepernick delivered the ball on time and Patton was able to twist for the ball, catching the 23-yard pass. Though San Francisco rarely lined up with three receivers, Patton looked to have taken control of the third spot with good blocking and a tenacity when thrown the ball.

2013 Week 20 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Patton had one short catch on a capitulation play on third and long, but otherwise he did not figure into the 49ers passing game strategy on this day.