With wide receiver Michael Crabtree down after his ankle injury, the San Francisco 49ers are seeking help. That's where Quinton Patton has an opportunity to shine.

Patton, a 2013 fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, wrapped up work last week in the team's rookie program. His learning process is accelerated because of Crabtree's absence.

"It's a great opportunity I have because I talked to teammates from Louisiana Tech — they're with the Panthers (quarterback Colby Cameron), Packers (receiver Myles White) and Chicago (tackle Jordan Mills) — and they probably get three or four reps a day," Patton told CSN Bay Area.