There’s his jersey number, 11. There’s his jersey color, blue, in a sea of red and white. And there’s his personality: He’s almost always chatting up the cornerback lined up across from him at the line of scrimmage or the veteran receivers flanking him on the sideline.
Then there is this: He’s catching the balls coming his way – with one hand.
Patton, the 49ers fourth-round draft pick last April, isn’t letting an injury affect his first National Football League training camp.
“Even though he hasn’t been cleared to catch balls, he’s been improvising and running routes, getting the muscle memory from those routes,” Jim Harbaugh said before Wednesday’s practice. “At times now, he’s catching balls one-handed. But it’s been a positive. There hasn’t been any negatives to that. He’s doing the best he can.”
As Scott Ostler, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote, Patton is all football, all the time. The Louisiana Tech product actually flew to San Francisco too early after he was drafted; National Football League rules stipulate the dates when rookies can appear at their new teams’ facilities.
Harbaugh said Wednesday that Patton’s anxiousness has yet to subside.
“Yeah, he’s somebody that’s shown to be very eager, mentally and physically,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “Mentally in studying the game plan, studying the ready-list, understanding the concepts, physically preparing himself every day for practice to get better and hone his skills. So I think it’s been plus-plus in both those regards.”
For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.
The Associated Press featured the 49ers defense and its first in-game matchup with ex-teammate Alex Smith.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee joked about the myth that Smith has small hands for a signal-caller.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com caught up with Smith to talk about his days in San Francisco.
SI.com provided a snapshot all off all the developments at 49ers camp.
David Fucillo of NinersNation.com takes a look at which players are eligible for the 49ers practice squad.
49ers.com wrapped up the final practice of training camp, which was highlighted by a group of wideouts.
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