Against Texas A&M last season, Wide Receiver Quinton Patton caught 21 balls for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
It was this kind of impact that leads NFL teams to salivate to the thought of having their own little Wes Welker, running routes from the slot and forcing opponents to have to adjust with extra defensive backs or safety help over the covering linebacker.
This is what the 49ers expected when they selected Patton in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft and in the preseason, Patton impressed to the tune of six catches for 87-yards and a pair of touchdowns in the final two preseason games.
Of all the receivers on the roster, Patton easily made the biggest impact in the preseason, however, he was listed behind Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, and Marlon Moore on the depth chart for Week 1.
Despite seeing playing time, Patton saw no targets on Sunday in the 49ers 34-28 win over Green Bay.
Sunday night at Seattle before a primetime audience however, could be Patton’s time to shine.
Despite Seattle having one of the best 1-2 combinations at cornerback in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, the Seahawks had some trouble covering smaller and quicker receivers like Wes Welker, Davone Bess, Titus Young and Stevie Johnson, who all broke over 100 yards receiving last season.
Despite Boldin and Vernon Davis putting up huge numbers in week 1 (19 catches, 306 yards, 3 Tds), the 49ers could rely on Kyle Williams and Patton for some added offense against Seattle.
Williams is currently listed as the No. 2 WR on the depth chart with Marlon Moore at No. 3, but Patton not Moore could have the bigger impact come Sunday. Seattle will be forced to have to cover the short and intermediate routes which Wes Welker has made famous and could lead to a huge game for Patton and the 49ers offense.
Last season, the Seahawks destroyed the 49ers in Seattle, however that team didn’t have much depth at the WR spot, and certainly didn’t have any small shifty receivers like Williams or Patton.
Come Sunday, the 49ers will have both, and that could be all the difference in the 49ers seeking revenge over the Seahawks.