49ers vs. Cardinals: Game Grades For Jeremy Kerley, Quinton Patton, Torrey Smith, and

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The San Francisco 49ers wide receivers continue to put balls on the ground. In total, the team had four drops. The culprits of those drops were WR Quinton Patton, WR Chris Harper, WR Rod Streater, and WR Torrey Smith. On the flip side, no receiver had penalties aside from an offensive holding penalty by TE Garrett Celek, so it was a clean game in that regard.

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WR Quinton Patton

Analysis: Aside from an early drop, Patton made the most of his opportunities, hauling in three catches for 52 yards (including a 45-yard catch-and-run). Patton also broke one tackle while yielding two of his three catches for first-downs. 

WR Grade: +2.5/10

WR Jeremy Kerley

Analysis: Kerley was by far the team’s most effective receiver. A late addition to the team Kerley proved his worth as he finished the game with a team-high 7 catches for 71 yards (10.1 average) and 1 touchdown. Four of those seven catches resulted in 1st downs. 

WR Grade: +7.0/10

WR Torrey Smith

Analysis: Two catches for 26 yards including a 21-yard pass-play just isn’t good enough for a No. 1 wide receiver. Smith continues to prove he is no more than a complementary No. 2. Let’s be honest. He can stretch the field vertically but mental lapses including a dropped quick slant that could’ve easily led to a touchdown score are mistakes that should not be taken lightly- especially for a veteran and team’s highest paid offensive player not named Kaepernick.

WR Grade: 0/10

TE Vance McDonald

Analysis: McDonald did a nice job down the middle while blowing up would-be tacklers by pacing the team with two broken tackles. He also had two catches that resulted in first-down including a 32-yard catch-and-run. McDonald would finish the game with 4 catches for 50 yards (12.5 average). 

TE Grade: +5.5/10

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