Taylor underwent a minor back procedure but is expected to be fully available for the start of training camp, David Lombardi of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Taylor missed some time during OTAs because of the back issue and will undergo a minor surgical procedure to clear up the problem ahead of training camp. Coming off a 2017 campaign in which he totaled 43 grabs (60 targets) for 430 yards and two touchdowns, Taylor figures to work in the slot once again for the 49ers in 2018 as part of what figures to be an improved 49ers offense with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm.
Taylor (back) was sidelined once again during Wednesday's practice, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Taylor has been dealing with the injury for roughly a week now and with it being so early in offseason programs, the 49ers will likely be extra cautious with their wideout. As a result, it wouldn't be surprising if Taylor missed at least a handful more practices to make sure he's at full strength prior to training camp. For now, it's simply a situation to monitor over the summer.
Taylor did not practice Tuesday due to a back injury, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
It doesn't appear to be anything serious for Taylor, who head coach Kyle Shanahan described as week-to-week. With the team's mandatory minicamp just three weeks away, it's possible the 49ers may elect to be cautious with the wideout throughout the rest of OTAs. Taylor recorded 43 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns during his rookie campaign in San Francisco last season.
Taylor spent most of the 2017 season as the 49ers' slot man and return specialist, posting 430 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 43 catches. While the shifty receiver did a decent job in the role, the fact that the team exhausted a second-round pick on a player with a similar skill set should create a job battle early in camp. San Francisco also selected Richie James -- another short, athletic receiver -- in the seventh round, so even if Taylor is able to hang on to the 49ers' starting slot receiver role, he will likely lose his return duties to one of the dynamic receivers.
Taylor collected both of his targets for 29 yards in Sunday's season-ending victory over the Rams.
The 5-foot-8 rookie spent the majority of the season serving as the 49ers' slot man, totaling 430 receiving yards on 43 receptions with a pair of touchdowns. It was tough to trust Taylor in fantasy outside of deep PPR formats with such low totals in an offense that struggled pass the ball for the majority of the season. If the 49ers make no additions to their receiving corps this offseason -- which would be a surprise -- Taylor would project to man the slot again next season behind a presumably healthy Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||15||1||43||430||10.0||33||2||2||0||27|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||15||1||8||8.0||8||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||15||30||16||281||9.4||39||0||2|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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