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San Francisco 49ers Training Camp: Rookie Quinton Patton is “Catching With His Eyes”


San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton has a rare chance to make a big impact on a very good team as a first-year player, the only problem is he has a “jammed” middle finger and can’t catch the ball (kind of important for a wide receiver), but that isn’t stopping the 49ers coaching staff from allowing him to get reps.

49ers Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman says that Patton is doing everything except catching the ball, he has to catch it with “his eyes”. From reading the defense, to running his routes and adapting to the speed of the game, these “visual” reps are important, especially for a rookie. It is an unusual tactic, but the 49ers coaching staff are an unusual bunch.

Rumors are that other 49ers have caught onto this tactic and want to stay fresh for what could be a long season. Sources say that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is throwing with his mind, “Matrix Style” and that his arm doesn’t get fatigued when he’s tossin’ the pigskin with his brain. Remember, there is no spoon, Colin. In addition, Frank Gore is said to be resting his legs by having fullback Bruce Miller carry him through the hole “piggy back style”. Whatever keeps those legs fresh, Frankie!

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