Taylor is excited for a healthy offseason and has already started his training program, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "I think that's just such an advantage," Taylor said, "to be able to only think about building your body up with no limitations going on. I think whenever you have to worry about an injury throughout the offseason there's so much you have to hold back from." Taylor dealt with shoulder and back injuries last offseason, coming off a 2017 rookie campaign in which he caught 43 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. He took a big step back in 2018 with a 26-215-1 receiving line, averaging just 22.9 snaps in 14 games while sometimes losing work to fellow slot receiver Richie James. The two players figure to battle for playing time in 2019, with new assistant coach Wes Welker brought in to help the development process. Veteran wide receiver Pierre Garcon won't be retained, but Marquise Goodwin (Achilles), Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne are all under team control for at least two more years.
Taylor caught three of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams. Taylor was on the field for just 20 of the team's 58 offensive snaps, only moving up to third on the depth chart despite three starting wideouts sitting out with injuries. Week 17's playing time distribution is just a microcosm of the direction the wideout's standing with the franchise has gone in 2018. Taylor went from starting slot receiver in his rookie campaign to an afterthought behind other young receivers (Kendrick Bourne and Richie James) this year. The 24-year-old still has two years left on his rookie deal, but it looks like he will have to fight for a spot on the 53-man roster during camp next season.
Taylor caught one pass (two targets) for 23 yards in Sunday's 14-9 loss to the Bears. Taylor didn't put up impressive numbers, but he did see the field more in the second half after Dante Pettis (knee) went down to injury. The latter is not expected to play in the season finale against the Rams, and Marquise Goodwin's (Achilles) status is murky as well. If both receivers end up sitting out, Taylor figures to enter the wideout rotation and occupy one of the top three spots alongside Kendrick Bourne. The 49ers could also bring in some additional wideouts, as the team would only have three active receivers if Pettis and Goodwin are out.
Taylor had one catch (two targets) for eight yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Seahawks. Taylor actually finished third in wideout targets, but he remains stagnant in a fourth-receiver role. It didn't help that the 24-year-old dropped a wide open pass on a crucial drive in the fourth quarter. Barring unforeseen absences ahead of him on the depth chart, Taylor will be a non-factor in a Week 16 matchup against the Bears.
Taylor caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 20-14 win over Denver. Marquise Goodwin (personal) returned to action, but Taylor was able to hang on to the fourth receiver role ahead of Richie James (zero targets). Taylor even took over punt return duties after James fumbled a return for the second straight week. Despite the slight bump in duties, the 24-year-old remains a non-factor in fantasy with just five receptions over the team's last six games.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/13||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|12||11/24||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|14||12/08||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|16||12/22||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||50||34||322||2||19||9.47||44|