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Niner Talk Bonus: The Development of 49ers WR Quinton Patton

Posted Aug 1, 2014

The latest bonus round of "Niner Talk" looks at newcomers Antoine Bethea and Blaine Gabbert, plus shares an update on Quinton Patton's progress.

First thing's first.

I don't have a mustache any longer. So enjoy this week's blue-collar inspired look for "Niner Talk." You probably won't see it until November. Maybe.

Quinton Patton was actually surprised I shaved it off Friday morning. But he understood my reasoning - it was just something fun for training camp. Patton, the second-year wideout, had a big role in this week's show. He asked his first question after telling me he wanted to be involved for months.

Patton was also a topic of discussion from the Faithful. So let's give an update on his on-field progress and touch on a few more topics in this week's bonus round.

First, let me brush up on my Harbaughisms. My simple advice would be:

Keep being the mighty men that your are. Play with contact courage. Don't be an error-repeater and everything will be A-plus-plus. Use your armor and build up a callus. Reduce drag at all costs so you can be a trusted agent. Not everything I say will be broken down Barney-style. That would be erroneous, erroneous and would be a low content-to-word ratio. Let us continue our scorched-earth plan and get knee to knee, eyeball to eye ball, so we can get one mile per hour faster and win with humble hearts. Who's got it better than us?


Watch him "Mic'd Up."

Pretty good, right?


Anybody who knows QP knows him to be an easy-going dude. He could have been upset about the team trading for Stevie Johnson, signing Brandon Lloyd and drafting Bruce Ellington. Patton, however, didn't complain. He's worked hard this offseason to improve himself. He wants to do whatever is necessary to help the team. If it's being a gunner on special teams, he's working at it. If it's fielding punts, he's doing that.

But when it comes to playing wide receiver, Patton has been making tons of catches just like his veteran colleagues. At Thursday's practice, Patton beat Perrish Cox with a stop-and-go route and caught a 20-yard touchdown from Colin Kaepernick.

I have a feeling Patton will get a lot of action in the preseason and will have a stage to showcase his growth.

Anything is possible. It really is.

The special teams ability will determine a lot of the roster decisions come cut-down day. It's really hard to speculate on how many players will be around at any given position. There's a reason why 49ers beat writers haven't predicted the 53-man roster just yet. There's too many close competitions across the board.

Let's play a few preseason games and see who looks good before we figure out how many players are carried at different spots, wide receiver included.

Jimmie Ward, Carlos Hyde and Dontae Johnson. The defensive back, running back and cornerback have all caught my eye. That's not to say the other rookies haven't enjoyed solid camps. They have. You asked for one and I couldn't pick just one guy.

Ward had an interception on his first day of camp. Hyde is competing for a bigger role with the injuries to Kendall Hunter (ACL) and LaMichael James (elbow). And Johnson, it's been fun watching him compete against veteran receivers, especially Anquan Boldin. Johnson usually breaks up at least one pass per camp practice.

I'd say Antoine Bethea and Blaine Gabbert. I used video to make my point about the new 49ers safety. With Gabbert, I'll use words.

The fourth-year passer looks like he'll be the backup quarterback to Kaepernick. Gabbert has good pocket stature. He's got arm strength and he's been finding the open man throughout camp. Gabbert has been praised by coaches for knowing the offensive system. He'll get a chance to demonstrate his development when preseason begins next week.


I'm not of an in-stadium nacho guy. I will try the vegan hot dog. Why not...


Soon. Patience is a virtue.

Yes. Watch the video at the top of this post.

Hmmm... great question.

My nickname is TP.

As for the other good ones I've heard:

McLeod Bethel-Thompson --- "Mac"
Anquan Boldin --- "Q"
Perrish Cox --- "P-Cox"
Chris Culliver --- "Cully"
Michael Crabtree --- "Crab"
Frank Gore --- "Frankie G"
Colin Kaepernick --- "Kap"
Daniel Kilgore --- "Gumby"
Trey Millard --- "Fat Daddy"
Darryl Morris --- "D-Mo"
Justin Smith --- "Cowboy"
Jimmie Ward --- "Jimmie the Kid"

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