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Jets' signing of WR Quinton Patton all about familiarity, depth

Continuing to shop in the bargain aisle, the New York Jets have signed free-agent wide receiver Quinton Patton, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. This is a "connection" signing, and the connection is Jets offensive coordinator John Morton. He was Patton's first position coach with the 49ers in 2013.

Terms: Not immediately available, but it's likely a one-year contract with a small amount of guaranteed money.

ESPN 150 ranking: Not ranked

Grade -- C: Patton is the first wide receiver to be added since the Jets released Brandon Marshall, but Patton isn't expected to replace Marshall. No, no, no. But let's say this for Patton: Unlike the Jets' first four free-agent signings -- Kelvin Beachum, Chandler Catanzaro, Morris Claiborne and Josh McCown -- Patton isn't coming off a down or injury-plagued season. He set career highs with 37 receptions and 408 yards, playing 68 percent of the offensive snaps for the 49ers.

What it means: Patton, 26, will add veteran depth at receiver. His background with Morton should give him a jump on the others in terms of learning the new system. The former fourth-round pick has 73 career receptions, which puts him third on the team, behind Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa. Patton can play outside and in the slot, where he made 16 of his 37 catches last season, per ESPN Stats & Information. His role expanded in 2015 after being an afterthought in his first two seasons behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. The new regime in San Francisco made him expendable, as they re-signed Jeremy Kerley and added Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. Patton, listed at 6-foot and 204 pounds, is not explosive (only one career touchdown) but rather a possession receiver. He dropped six passes over the past two years, a bit much for 120 targets.

What's the risk: There really is no risk, financial or otherwise. Patton will battle the likes of Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall (four-game suspension) and Devin Smith for a reserve role. It could be anywhere from No. 3 to No. 5/6 on the receiver depth chart. Things will change if Decker gets released at some point, which is a possibility. If Patton sticks, the Jets will have two receivers whose first names start with Q. How many teams can say that?