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NY Jets Sign WR Quinton Patton

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The New York Jets have signed free agent wide receiver Quinton Patton.  Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Patton is a  6' 0", 205 pound wide receiver out of Louisiana Tech. Patton was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft by the San Francisco 49ers.  He will turn 27 years old prior to the start of the 2017 season.

Quinton Patton struggled in his time with the 49ers, never exceeding 37 catches and 408 yards in a season.  For his career Patton has amassed 73 receptions for 880 yards and one touchdown. He was the 49ers second leading receiver behind old friend Jeremy Kerley in 2016.

For those desiring a glass half full point of view, Patton was the subject of some rave reviews on the NFL's draft profile prior to the 2013 NFL draft.

STRENGTHS

Good size for the position, has the height and length to play outside at the next level. Very good acceleration off the line, gets to full speed in a couple of steps and can shimmy to free himself and stick his foot in the ground to get inside position on slants. Uses a head fake to get the seam and possesses enough straight-line speed to take advantage of hesitating cornerbacks in off coverage. Fluid, economic mover who does plays under control. Stems to separate with good foot quickness on comebacks and out routes, also extends his arm to create space on short and deep routes. Natural hands catcher - catches the ball with his hands away from his body, even when tracking passes over either shoulder. Wins jump balls in the end zone and over the middle with good vertical and great concentration. Acrobatic and excellent at adjusting to the ball in the air, especially to the back-shoulder on fades. Good sideline awareness to get two feet in-bounds while making the catch. Used on quick throws to take advantage of his shiftiness and surprisingly tough running, lowers his shoulder and is not easy for smaller cornerbacks to drag down after the catch. Sells routes where he knows he's not the primary target to free up the underneath or cross-field receiver. Shows fight as a run blocker, willing to hit multiple punches to keep his man at bay and works himself into the correct blocking angle. Hustles downfield to help out fellow ballcarriers. Plays with a feisty attitude.

The NFL site compared Patton to Reggie Wayne at the time.  It is fair to say that thus far those kinds of comparisons have not been warranted.