Bourne made the cut over veteran Aldrick Robinson and fellow youngster Aaron Burbridge. The 2017 undrafted wideout was able to make his mark with 257 yards on 16 receptions over the final eight games of his rookie season. With the top of the 49ers' wide receiver depth chart set in stone, Bourne will serve a special teams/depth role to begin the year.
Bourne caught 16 of 35 targets for 257 yards as an undrafted rookie last year, with all of his production coming in November and December. While Marquise Goodwin (back) and Pierre Garcon (neck) are locked in atop the depth chart and Trent Taylor is the favorite to man the slot, it isn't out of the question for Bourne or second-round rookie Dante Pettis to make a push for the No. 3 gig. Taylor exploded for 92 yards in Jimmy Garoppolo's first start last season, but then managed just 99 yards over the final four weeks.
Bourne finished the year with 257 receiving yards on 16 receptions (34 targets).
The undrafted rookie did the majority of his damage in the second half of the season after being inactive for the good part of eight weeks. He edged out veterans Aldrick Robinson and Louis Murphy down the stretch and even led all wideouts in targets against the Rams on the final game of the season. Bourne didn't possess breakaway speed (4.68 40-yard dash time) out of college, but he did flash big-play ability with a healthy 16.1 yards per catch. He was primarily filling in for Pierre Garcon (neck), who is expected to return healthy next season, so Bourne may find himself fighting for one of the team's final receiver spots on the 53-man roster during training camp.
Bourne had four catches (six targets) for 85 yards in Sunday's 25-23 win over Tennessee.
The undrafted rookie finished second in receiver targets and yards, with the latter due in large part to a 54-yard catch and run where he put his athleticism on full display, making a couple Tennessee defenders whiff in the open field. Aldrick Robinson (concussion) was knocked out of the contest early, but Bourne had already usurped the veteran on the depth chart prior to kickoff Sunday. Marquise Goodwin is clearly the 49ers' lead wideout, but Bourne is now one of several viable secondary receivers at upward-trending Jimmy Garoppolo's disposal. He should be on deeper-league owners' radars after this career-best performance.
Bourne was on the field for 31 of 73 offensive snaps Sunday, finishing with two receptions for 29 yards in a win over Houston.
The undrafted rookie has carved out a regular role in this offense by averaging over 29 snaps over his previous seven contests after beginning the season as a member of the special teams unit. He has has only seen more than three targets once over that span, but the distribution of playing time suggests that the 49ers want to get a better look at the possession receiver. It's tough to recommend Bourne in almost any fantasy format considering the high-stakes nature of this time of year, but deep-league owners and those in dynasty formats should at least make note of Bourne in the event an injury propels him into a high-usage role in the future.
|4||9/30/18||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|6||10/15/18||@ GB||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||11||0||16||257||16.1||54||0||3||1||12|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||2||31||15.5||27||1||1||0||2|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||11||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||11||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|