Quinton Patton vs. A.J. Jenkins

As we wait for OTAs to start on Tuesday, here’s a contest to help pass the time: Predict which young 49ers wide receiver will catch more passes this season – A.J. Jenkins or Quinton Patton. Also, predict how many catches each receiver will make. Please explain your predictions.      

May 18, 2013

Quinton Patton vs. D.J. Hayden highlights

On September 9th, 2012, Louisiana Tech played the University of Houston, which means Quinton Patton faced D.J. Hayden. Hayden held Patton to 4 catches on 11 targets for 36 yards and no touchdowns – Patton’s worst performance of the season. A few months later, the Oakland Raiders drafted Hayden with the 12th pick and the 49ers drafted Patton with the 128th pick. This morning I found some clips of the…

May 16, 2013

How much of an issue is speed for the 49ers’ offense?

This upcoming season, the 49ers arguably will have the slowest base offense in the NFL. I’m talking 21 personnel – Frank Gore at tail back, Bruce Miller at fullback, Vernon Davis at tight end, Michael Crabtree at flanker and Anquan Boldin at split end. When those players are on the field for the 49ers, their fastest players are the tight end and the quarterback. If the 49ers want more speed,…

May 15, 2013

49ers rookie mini-camp stats

Here are my unofficial rookie mini-camp stats for Quinton Patton, Vance McDonald, Eric Reid, Marcus Cooper and Daryl Morris. Quinton Patton, WR 1-on-1: 3-for-4. (1. Beat Marcus Cooper short 2. Beat Cooper short again but the throw was behind Patton 3. Could not beat Brodrick Brown deep 4. Beat Cooper short) 7-on-7: 5 targets, 4 catches (1. Beat Darryl Morris over the middle for 15 yards 2. Beat Morris short…

May 13, 2013

49ers rookie mini-camp: Day 1 – McDonald and Okoye stand out

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me during the afternoon practice of the first day of the 49ers’ 2013 rookie mini-camp. THE GOOD 1. Vance McDonald, TE. The rookie tight end had the best practice of the day. He dropped the first pass thrown to him – it was a strike from B.J. Daniels – but after that miscue McDonald caught everything. During one-on-one drills, he went against…

May 10, 2013

Quinton Patton says he’s molded his game after Michael Crabtree

Here’s what Quinton Patton said to the media after Practice No.1 on Friday. Q: What was your impression when you first got the play book. PATTON: It was pretty big. I was like, “Dang, I’ve got to learn all of this?” They were like, “No, you’ve just got to learn these for the weekend.” Q: Have you met Colin Kaepernick? PATTON: I spoke to him while he was working out….

May 10, 2013

The 49ers’ top 10 offseason position battles

Here are the top-10 position battles on the 49ers I’m looking forward to this offseason. Which battles interest you the most? 1. No.2 and No.3 cornerback: Carlos Rogers vs. Nnamdi Asomugha vs. Chris Culliver. Tarell Brown probably is a lock to start, so Rogers, Asomugha and Culliver will compete for the other two cornerback spots in the 49ers’ Nickel defense. Rogers and Culliver will compete to cover the slot. The…

May 5, 2013

Quinton Patton: “I’m trying to make an immediate impact.”

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Quinton Patton’s teleconference, courtesy of the 49ers.   Are you looking forward to coming out and seeing your new team? “Yes, sir. I can’t wait to be there.”   Can you try to describe for us, people who are unfamiliar with you, who you are and what your strong suits are? How you play? “Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech, fast, strong [inaudible], a…

April 27, 2013

Ranking the top 10 wide receivers in the draft

This is my list of the top-10 wide receivers in the draft. I’d be interested to read your top-10 list, too. WIDE RECEIVER 1. Tavon Austin, WVU. Extremely quick and fast, can play split end, flanker and in the slot, not to mention running back and punt returner. 2. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee. Patterson is like a bigger, less-experienced version of Austin. 3. Keenan Allen, Cal. Like Austin and Patterson, Allen…

April 23, 2013

Grant’s updated 49ers mock draft

This is what the 49ers will do in the draft: 1. Trade up to the 18th pick to draft CB Desmond Trufant from Washington. The 49ers will give their early second-round pick – No.34 – and both of their third round picks to the Cowboys in the trade. 2. Trade back with the Jets for the Jets’ third-round pick and the Jets’ 2014 first-round pick. The 49ers will give up…

April 16, 2013

Peter King: “Jim Harbaugh has been at a high number of receiver workouts.”

In Peter King’s most recent article, he lets us know Jim Harbaugh has been at “a high number of receiver workouts” before this year’s draft. King cites an unnamed NFL G.M., who says this: ‘This isn’t about 2013 for the Niners. Harbaugh knows he’ll be there for a while. They just lost Randy Moss, and Anquan Boldin is there for a year, and they don’t know about A.J. Jenkins. Receiver’s…

April 15, 2013

Cosell breaks down the best WRs in the draft

Greg Cosell broke down the draft’s top wide receivers Friday on Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner Podcast. Here is Cosell’s breakdown. On Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patteson COSELL: I think Patterson will be drafted solely because of his size and because of his dynamic movement. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to being a quality receiver in terms of the subtleties of how to run routes. In fact, he’s much quicker and more dynamic…

March 21, 2013