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Quinton Patton is a young wide receiver who plans to attach himself to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this offseason.
A year ago at this time, Ricardo Lockette and Kaepernick were virtually inseparable. They roomed together. They worked out together. They attended award shows together.
Lockette, who ended the 2012 season on the 49ers’ practice squad, became a much-talked-about player in the offseason because of his rare combination of size and speed, along with his association with Kaepernick.
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"I'm really looking forward to Ricardo Lockette's progress," 49ers coach Harbaugh told CSNBayArea.com at the NFL owners meetings in March. "I can't wait to see what he does. A real inflection point for him is coming."
Despite all the promise, Lockette did not distinguish himself on the practice field during training camp. He did not have a reception in the 49ers’ first two exhibition games, and he slipped far down the 49ers' depth chart.
Even before the first round of mandatory cuts, the 49ers waived Lockette to make room for the signing of veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace.
In late October, after spending the first two months on the Chicago Bears’ practice squad, Lockette signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He replaced wide receiver Sidney Rice on the 53-man roster after Rice’s season-ending knee injury.
Lockette played 10 snaps of offense on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII and caught one pass for 19 yards in the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the overmatched Denver Broncos. Lockette also saw action on six special-teams plays and recorded two assisted tackles. (He was also flagged for unnecessary roughness while covering a kickoff.)
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It certainly was not the result with the team and quarterback he anticipated he might have envisioned, but the work Lockette put in during the offseason paid off with a Super Bowl ring.
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As noted on Sunday, Patton said he plans to work out with Kaepernick this offseason. And Kaepernick’s offseason of work was scheduled to kick off Monday morning at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami. Running back Frank Gore and receiver Anquan Boldin have spent previous offseasons at the facility and recommended it to Kaepernick. The 49ers’ official offseason program is scheduled to begin April 21.
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