Injuries kept Trent Taylor from assuming his role in the slot for the 49ers last season. He'll work at trying to get it back this summer, but the 49ers have improved their receiving options over the past season. Taylor, if he locks up the job, would be an interesting late-round PPR sleeper since his target volume could spike. But until it happens, no one should draft him.
Taylor (foot) went through physicals on Saturday and was not placed on the PUP list, indicating that he is healthy heading into training camp, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Taylor missed the entire 2019 season due to multiple procedures on his ailing foot. With a clean bill of health, the 26-year-old will compete for the 49ers' slot receiver job with several other options including, but not limited to, Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Hurd and Richie James during training camp.
Taylor (foot) has been running routes and catching passes from Jimmy Garoppolo during recent workouts, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. The 26-year-old missed all of 2019 due to a foot injury but appears fully recovered after undergoing numerous surgeries to address the issue. His quiet 2018 season (26 catches, 215 yards and one touchdown) and the injury bring question to his roster security as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. The 49ers have indicated he's still a part of the team's plans, but he'll likely be competing with Jalen Hurd, Dante Pettis, Richie James and Travis Benjamin for a roster spot.
The 49ers still expect "big things" from Taylor (foot), according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. The 2017 fifth-round pick showed promise as a slot specialist his rookie season, but he slipped to 5.2 YPT on 41 targets in 2018 and then missed all of 2019 with a foot injury. He reportedly had five procedures on the impacted foot, with the final one occurring Jan. 2. While the 49ers may still have high hopes for the soon-to-be 26-year-old, he's entering the final season of his rookie contract facing tough competition for playing time. Kendrick Bourne did solid work in the slot last season, and Dante Pettis and Richie James could also compete for those snaps. Additionally, Deebo Samuel and first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk both appear more than capable of playing inside. Taylor likely will need to fight for his roster spot once he's healthy.
Taylor (foot) was still spotted with a walking boot Wednesday and doesn't have an official timetable for resuming on-field work, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Taylor has undergone five procedures to address the foot injury that caused him to spend the 2019 season on injured reserve, but he expects to shed his boot soon. While an official timetable for the 25-year-old's return has yet to be revealed, Taylor is hopeful he'll be healthy in time for OTAs in the spring. He stands to compete for a depth role in San Francisco's receiver corps for the 2020 season.
Taylor underwent surgery on his foot Jan. 2 but is expected to participate in OTAs this offseason, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. It was the fifth and final surgery for Taylor's foot injury, for which he originally went under the knife last offseason. The 25-year-old spent the 2019 campaign on injured reserve and will likely enter training camp for 2020 as a depth wideout.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|6||10/19||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|7||10/25||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|10||11/15||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|12||11/29||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|14||12/13||Washington Football Team||24||23.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||34||23||215||1||13||9.35||27|