Matt Barrows is reporting a league source indicated the San Francisco 49ers got good news from Quinton Patton's CT scan. Barrows was the first to report yesterday that Patton injured his foot in Monday's OTA session. Barrows said the injury was not believed to be serious, and this would seem to confirm that.
Results from Quinton Patton's CT scan (foot) were good, league source says. WR missed Tuesday's practice after minor injury monday.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) June 4, 2014
The 49ers have been fairly limited at the wide receiver position in OTAs. Anquan Boldin is joining Frank Gore and Justin Smith in getting veteran's preference. Michael Crabtree is getting some work in, but the team is not rushing as he continues working his Achilles back to 100 percent.
That leaves a lot of opportunities for the rest of the wide receivers. All indications are that Brandon Lloyd is having the best OTAs of any of the receivers. Of course, saying someone is having the "best OTAs" is not exactly the most telling of descriptions. I suppose it is useful to know that he does not look slow after a year off from football. The next step will be seeing if that carries over to when the team is in full pads in training camp, and then when the team hits the field in preseason action.
I want to see how Patton and Ellington perform in training camp and the preseason, but it's hard not to be at least a little fascinated by Lloyd's comeback attempt. He could end up doing nothing and disappear when the team cuts down to 53 players. Or maybe he has a little something left in the tank and surprises us. Given how deep the 49ers wide receiver corps is, I still think it's tough to see him getting a roster spot, but you never know what might happen. There has been some talk of how he has looked good in the red zone. If he emerges as a legit red zone threat, maybe that gets him a roster spot. There are not a lot of targets to go around after you look at Crabtree and Boldin. The 49ers could go with one heck of a rotation of receivers, bu I still have to think Crabtree and Boldin end up with the lion's share of the targets. But if Lloyd can prove effective in one particular area of the passing attack, that could be enough for him.