A less heralded member of the San Francisco 49ers' aerial attack appears to be back in the fold for Week 14.
Despite missing all of training camp with a fractured finger, the 2013 fourth-round draft pick earned Kaepernick's trust by the end of August as a "great" player who "just knows football" and "knows how to get open."
Patton isn't an impact player on par with Crabtree, but he did see early-season action as the No. 3 receiver on the heels of an impressive preseason.
After a midseason slump resulting in large part from his receivers' failures against man coverage, Kaepernick has turned in two of his finest performances over the past two weeks. With Crabtree and Patton healthy, he finally has credible options beyond a double-covered Anquan Boldin or Vernon Davis.