The San Francisco 49ers have one talented wide receiver corp.
That means Quinton Patton is constantly battling for a job, as the wide receiver explained following the team’s first ever practice at Levi’s Stadium on Monday.
“Always, fighting for a roster spot. They brought in Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Johnson. Hey, more competition. Competition brings out the best in everyone.”
The second-year player’s focus is all on the present.
“I’m just looking forward to being out there on Thursday [against the Baltimore Ravens]. Then, the next week after that, then the next week after that. Just taking it game by game, I’m not looking all the way down the road or nothing. I’m looking at right now what I can do right now.”
Patton said that he has a ton of respect for the veteran wide receivers on the squad.
“Anquan [Boldin] is the leader in there with [Michael] Crabtree also. They’re like, you know what I’m saying, top dogs.”
They also offer advice.
“Everybody is coaching everybody up. But if Anquan or Kasim [Osgood] or Brandon Lloyd says something in the room, you know what I’m saying, it’s going to be important because they’ve been in that situation, they’ve been there before and everybody want to be quiet and listen to them.”
Head coach Jim Harbaugh has been impressed with Patton during training camp.
“I’ve seen a lot of good things with Quinton Patton.”
“I’ve always seen a competitive, very competitive individual. Talented, likes to practice, likes to make tough catches.”
“He’s starting to stack good practice after good practice. Consistently good, so that’s a great step.”