The San Francisco 49ers lost wide receiver Quinton Patton to a concussion this past Sunday, and that resulted in some changes to the snap count for the team’s wide receivers. Torrey Smith led the way, playing 85 percent of offensive snaps, and Jeremy Kerley followed, playing 63 percent of snaps. Rod Streater ended up replacing Quinton Patton in the lineup, and played 56 percent of snaps. Chris Harper and Aaron Burbridge got work as well, but it primarily about Smith, Kerley, and Streater.
The fact that the offense is putting up the points we have seen in recent weeks is impressive given the collection of receivers out there. The 49ers offense still has had numerous problems, but they’re playing with guys that have been acquired for spare parts. The 49ers traded for Kerley on August 28, sending OG Brandon Thomas to the Detroit Lions. The 49ers then traded for Streater on September 3, swapping conditional seventh round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. You can’t really give up a whole lot less in trades.
Both Streater and Kerley are in the final year of their respective contracts. The 49ers have a desperate need for young receiving help, but retaining someone like Kerley could be a solid option. They are not going to build a serious offense around Kerley, but he could be a solid third option with some legitimate options in front of him. Quinton Patton is in the final year of his contract. We have seen some improvement, but the team lacks a legitimate No. 1 receiver. Potentially retaining these guys for cheap provides some competition and depth, but there needs to be real talent other than just Torrey Smith in front of them.