49ers WR Quinton Patton "rushed" for a three-yard touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.
He was targeted once in the passing game, but it fell incomplete. Patton's touchdown came on a swing pass following a 27-yard run by Carlos Hyde. The score was recorded as a rushing play because Blaine Gabbert's pass was complete behind the line. Patton has been more involved than both Bruce Ellington and Torrey Smith this preseason. That, of course, isn't saying much. Ellington keeps getting hurt and Smith has drawn one measly preseason target.
49ers RB Mike Davis managed 13 yards on four carries and caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in Friday night's third preseason game.
Davis didn't do anything wrong, but he's quieted down since a monster preseason opener. Davis did well to hold onto the ball Friday night after losing two fumbles in San Francisco's second exhibition game. Davis remains the favorite for the 49ers' No. 3 back job behind Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn.
Packers TE Richard Rodgers caught his lone target for a gain of eight yards in Friday night's third preseason game.
Rodgers shed a bunch of weight this spring in hopes of improving his quickness, but he's still not remotely the athlete Jared Cook is. Rodgers is also well behind Cook on the depth chart based on Friday's preseason usage, playing just 2-of-26 snaps with the Aaron Rodgers group while Cook logged 19-of-26. Rodgers lacks re-draft appeal and should be an afterthought in Dynasty leagues.
Davante Adams secured 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in the Packers' third preseason game.
Adams' most notable play was a play he didn't make, letting a well-placed bomb from Joe Callahan bounce off his hands. Adams apparently teases in practice, but he doesn't show much in the actual games. He still worked as the Packers' starter opposite Randall Cobb with Jordy Nelson (knees) resting in this game. Adams is ahead of Jared Abbrederis, at least for now.
Randall Cobb caught 3-of-3 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' third preseason game.
Cobb looked like the player the Packers needed him to be last season -- but he wasn't -- knifing through the 49ers' defense before catching a quick screen from Aaron Rodgers and powering in for a short TD. Cobb tortured 49ers CB Chris Davis in the slot. Still only 26 years old, Cobb is headed for a bounce-back campaign. Recall he was a top-six fantasy receiver as recently as 2014.
Jared Cook caught 4-of-5 targets for 54 yards in the Packers' third preseason game Friday night.
Cook was a terrifying weapon for the 49ers' defense, shredding them down the seam between the twenties. Most importantly, Cook dominated first-team snaps, seeing 19-of-26 reps compared to just two for Richard Rodgers with the Aaron Rodgers group. Cook has always possessed a tantalizing size-speed combination, and has long been an inconsistent producer with technical flaws. He's late-round flyer material in hopes the light flipping on with Rodgers is real.
Carlos Hyde rushed four times for 30 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.
If the Niners put Hyde on ice for the preseason finale, he'll finish August with 85 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (5.67 YPC). Hyde ripped off a 27-yard run on Friday night, setting up Quinton Patton's three-yard TD. Hyde managed three yards on his other four runs. Hyde is locked in as San Francisco's bellcow back. We'll be interested to see whether the 49ers' ineptitude cuts into Hyde's fantasy production. He's got plenty of ability in his own right.
Colin Kaepernick completed 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.
Playing behind Blaine Gabbert, Kaepernick failed to assert himself as a legit contender for the Week 1 starting job. While he made a few innocuous plays with his legs, Kaepernick looked uncomfortable in the pocket and failed to generate a single first down. Kaepernick remains likely to make starts at some point this year, but Gabbert will be the starter on Opening Day.