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Quinton Patton Considers 49ers Wideouts a Band

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Patton has good memories of facing the Chargers in the final preseason game of his rookie season. He caught a 43-yard touchdown from Kaepernick to finish off the game’s opening possession.



Colin Kaepernick is the lead singer of the San Francisco 49ers offense.

He’s the quarterback. It’s not hard to figure that one out.

But who else is in the fictional band? How about wide receivers Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton.

Where are you going with this, you might be asking right about now… Here’s where – 49ers widedouts Crabtree and Patton have been strumming the air guitar at training camp practices with a purpose.

“We’re a band,” Patton said, illustrating the tight-knit nature of San Francisco’s receivers.

“I’m the prince of the air guitar,” Patton, a second-year receiver, said.

The air guitar has roots in Crabtree’s hometown of Dallas, Texas.

“I had a lot of Texas roommates in junior college and college, and you’ve just got to feel the beat,” Patton said. “There might not be guitar on the beat, but you just have to feel it. Me and Crab were doing it one day, and we just said, ‘We have to do it.’

So where does Boldin fit in this group?

"Anquan, he’s the security,” Patton said. “He’s the bouncer. He’s there if anything jumps off. He’s not in, but he’s in it.”

San Francisco could have its full band of receivers this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers in the third preseason game of 2014.

Patton has good memories of facing the Chargers in the final preseason game of his rookie season. He caught a 43-yard touchdown from Kaepernick to finish off the game’s opening possession.

“It is one of my most memorable moments of my short career right now, but hey, it’s a whole new year,” Patton said. “All that doesn’t matter. I’m just trying to come out and do the best I can.”

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the team won’t place a number on its individual wideouts on where they rank on the depth chart, but Patton has a few more opportunities to move up and guarantee himself a major role in the regular season.

Competing with so many respected veterans, including Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd, has helped Patton grow into a true professional.

“Camp’s going great,” the energetic receiver said. “Competition brings out the best from everybody and if you shy away from competition, you’re not a competitor.”

Besides sharpening his talents, Patton said his comfort level has grown in his second camp.

“I feel like I got better from a mental (standpoint) and knowing what I need to do on the field,” the 2013 fourth-round pick said. “I wished I knew it last year.

“The game has slowed down tremendously for me from studying with Anquan, Crab, Stevie, Kassim (Osgood) and B-Lloyd.”