Just six days after the Super Bowl loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, it was time for the San Francisco 49ers to start building back their team, as they hope to settle unfinished business. Starting with the 2013 NFL draft, many sports writers including myself quickly shifted our attention to the NFL off-season. With the NFL draft being a primary source of shaping NFL rosters, I made a bold prediction in writing an article, saying that the 49ers’ may be targeting Quinton Patton. Two and a half months later, the 49ers selected the former Louisiana Tech Bulldog in the fourth-round (No. 128), as I labeled the pick a draft day steal. Considered a second-round talent on my Big Board, Patton somehow fell to the 49ers.
A player with Pro Bowl potential, I even went as far as writing an article about Patton’s Pro Bowl talent. In addition to giving Patton high praise, it was Patton that I felt would replace WR Michael Crabtree when news broke of his torn achilles, not WR A.J. Jenkins. As if Patton was not getting enough praise from me, I made it a point to say that he was my favorite NFL player besides TE Vernon Davis, as I absolutely felt he would be a great NFL player. Bold predictions on my part, but ones I felt strongly about, and never wavered from.
Less than two weeks ago, I specifically requested an exclusive one-on-one interview with WR Quinton Patton, in which I gave him the nickname 7-11, because he always gets open. I asked for his thoughts and we both laughed and chuckled as he said, “stay tuned.” Here the full audio below:
A humble individual that sees himself as just a “ball player,” make no mistake Patton is a beast, and it showed tonight.
In Patton’s season debut, he was the leading receiver with four receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown. A player that I knew possessed game-breaking ability, Patton did not disappoint. Former 49ers cornerback, now turned 49ers broadcaster Eric Davis even went as far as labeling Patton “The Player of the Game.” And why not? The potential that the Forever Faithful had all hoped from Jenkins, is now shifted toward Patton, and deservedly so. A sign I saw a long time ago, I knew Patton would be something special, as I wrote an article on him being a top five fantasy football stud. Let’s just hope this continues as it’s only one game, not to mention a preseason game. With all the media turning their attention to the Patton hype tomorrow, just remember that we predicted this from day one, which is why I gave him the nickname 7-11, just eleven days ago.
As for the game itself, the 49ers took care of business in all three phases, as I predicted in our preview. From special teams to defense, the Niners clearly were the stronger team. WR Lavelle Hawkins showed off his speed, agility, and athleticism as he took a 105-yard kick-off return to the house, while RB Jewel Hampton and RB Anthony Dixon sealed a Niners victory with four-yard and one-yard touchdown runs respectively.
With the 49ers winning their second-straight preseason game 34-14, they will wrap up their preseason next week against the San Diego Chargers.
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