Bourne has an opportunity to emerge as the Patriots' top slot option with Julian Edelman having retired, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Like fellow free-agent acquisition Nelson Agholor and returnee Jakobi Meyers, Bourne has the versatility to line up outside or in the slot. Edelman's departure following a productive stint with the Patriots that began in 2009 sets the stage for a revamped wide receiver depth chart in New England this coming season. As things stand, Bourne -- who logged a 49-667-2 stat line in 15 games for the 49ers in 2020 -- is in line to be a key target for Cam Newton. If Agholor is deployed as a deep threat by New England, it's plausible that Bourne's share of the team's slot targets could translate into PPR relevance.
The Patriots and Bourne agreed to terms on a three-year, $22.5 million contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
On the first day of the legal tampering period, New England has restocked its receiving corps with the additions of Bourne, wideout Nelson Agholor and tight end Jonnu Smith. Bourne's versatility should allow him to stay on the field regularly, and he's coming off career bests in catches (49), receiving yards (667) and targets (74) with the 49ers in 2020.
Bourne said Wednesday that he and the 49ers are discussing a new contract, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Bourne acknowledged that he won't be the team's top priority this offseason, but he still hopes to work something out. The 2017 undrafted free agent is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time, following a 2020 campaign in which he posted career highs for targets (74), catches (49), receiving yards (667), yards per catch (13.6) and yards per target (9.0). Bourne never saw a ton of volume, but his ability to play both outside and in the slot helped San Francisco's offense remain semi-respectable amidst an onslaught of injuries. Bourne will turn 26 in August, and he believes his experience in head coach Kyle Shanahan's system will serve him well even if he doesn't stay in San Francisco.
Bourne finished the 202 season with 49 receptions (74 targets) for 667 yards and two touchdowns over 15 contests.
The 49ers had high hopes for their trio of high-round picks entering the 2020 season, but just like most things last calendar year, nothing went as planned. Deebo Samuel (second round in 2019) suffered a foot injury during training camp and Dante Pettis (second round in 2018) squandered yet another opportunity and wound up being released in October. Brandon Aiyuk (first round in 2020) had the best season of the high-pedigree trio -- despite missing games due to injury himself -- and Bourne consistently stepped in as a reliable starting option for head coach Kyle Shanahan. The undrafted wideout posted the highest reception average (13.6 YPR) of any qualified San Francisco starter while accounting for 13.1 percent of the team's targets. The 49ers' run-heavy gameplan and mediocre quarterback play kept Bourne from ever cracking lineups in standard fantasy formats. The 25-year-old doesn't possess tremendous upside, but his soft hands and consistent play could shine brighter if he lands with a more pass-friendly offense as he enters free agency this upcoming offseason.
Bourne logged just 19 snaps on offense (34 percent) Saturday, catching his lone target for 16 yards in a 20-12 win over Arizona.
The 49ers featured a heavy rushing gameplan against the Cardinals, resulting in just 22 pass attempts, with only four going toward wide receivers. Bourne also saw his playing time decrease as a result of George Kittle coming off injured reserve, as the team ran more formations with two tight ends and two or fewer wideouts on the field. Two of San Francisco's top three pass catchers are arguably its tight ends (Kittle and Jordan Reed), so Bourne -- who is currently the team's slot man -- may struggle to see the field against Seattle on Sunday.
Bourne logged 42 offensive snaps (50 percent) and hauled in all four of his targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-33 loss to Dallas.
Bourne made an impressive leaping grab above a sea of Dallas defenders on a 49-yard heave by C.J. Beathard on the final play of the contest. The score had no effect on the final result, but garbage time or not, the end result was a new season high in receiving yards for the veteran wideout. Bourne is stuck at third on the depth chart even after starter Deebo Samuel (hamstring) was ruled out for the rest of the year. It was Richie James (54 snaps, four catches, seven targets and 56 yards) who jumped up to second on the depth chart starting opposite Brandon Aiyuk. It's highly improbable that Bourne will catch an amazing Hail Mary attempt every week, so expectations should be held in check while he occupies a slot/third receiver role against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Bourne caught three of seven targets for 42 yards during Sunday's 23-15 loss to Washington.
Deebo Samuel (hamstring) was injured on the second play from scrimmage, leaving Bourne to pick up the slack in the passing game. He finished second on the team in targets but caught less than half the balls thrown his way and finished with rather modest production. If Samuel is forced to miss next Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Bourne could again see some extra targets.
Bourne played 49 percent of offensive snaps and logged four receptions (six targets) for 35 yards in Monday's 34-24 loss to the Bills.
The veteran wideout remained third on the 49ers' wide receiver depth chart following the return of Brandon Aiyuk (reserve/COVID-19) to the starting lineup, as it was Richie James (seven offensive snaps) who was bumped down from No. 2 to No. 4. Bourne would have had a better fantasy outing had the officials not overturned what was initially ruled a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He didn't get another shot to score after quarterback Nick Mullens then promptly threw an interception in the end zone. Bourne won't carry much fantasy appeal heading into Sunday's tilt against Washington, as he requires heavy volume or a trip to the end zone in order to post usable statistics.
Bourne had three receptions (five targets) for 34 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.
Deebo Samuel (hamstring) made his long-awaited return following the team's bye week, but with Brandon Aiyuk (reserve/COVID-19) out of action, Bourne stuck at third on the depth chart and logged 57 percent of the snaps. The veteran wideout finished ahead of second-string starter Richie James Jr. (88 percent of snaps for one reception for 29 yards) in terms of fantasy production, but that should be considered an anomaly if their snap counts remain consistent going forward. Expect Bourne to fill a similar slot role against the Bills on Monday if Aiyuk is forced to miss another game.
Bourne caught four of five targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Saints.
Bourne finished third on the team in both targets and receptions, though his average of 6.5 yards per catch was nothing to write home about. He was on the reserve/COVID-19 list in the days leading up to the game, but he displayed no ill effects after taking the last couple of weeks to recuperate. Bourne will now rest up over the bye before taking on the Rams November 29th, when his role could diminish if Deebo Samuel (hamstring) is cleared to return.
Bourne (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and will travel with the team to New Orleans, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The 25-year-old landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list before last week's loss to the Packers and had yet to practice this week, but he'll rejoin the team in time for Week 10. Bourne is coming off his best performance of the season (eight catches for 81 yards) against the Seahawks, and he could be similarly involved this weekend with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) not expected to play Sunday.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that he's hopeful Bourne (reserve/COVID-19 list) will be able to practice later this week, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bourne recently began his second term on the list, but the 49ers seemingly are confident that the latest stint was merely the result of false positives and not an actual bout with the coronavirus. While he'll have to be activated from the aforementioned list in order to get back on the field, he does have two more chances to practice this week ahead of Sunday's game in New Orleans.
The 49ers placed Bourne on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bourne was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Wednesday after testing positive for the virus, but subsequent negative tests allowed him to be activated Friday. Now, however, it appears that new developments will require the 25-year-old wideout to return to the reserve list. With Deebo Samuel (hamstring) still banged up, Brandon Aiyuk, Richie James and Trent Taylor are currently the only fully available wideouts on San Francisco's roster.
The 49ers activated Bourne from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Bourne was placed on the list Wednesday after testing positive earlier that day, but negative tests Thursday and Friday seemingly confirmed that the initial result was a false positive. The wideout was still forced to miss Thursday's 34-17 loss to the Packers, while fellow receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and offensive tackle Trent Williams also sat out after being deemed close contacts of Bourne. In addition to Bourne, the 49ers activated Aiyuk, Samuel and Williams on Friday, so they should be available for the team's next game Nov. 15 in New Orleans. Samuel does have a hamstring injury that could prevent him from playing, which would free up more snaps and targets for Bourne.
Bourne is eligible to be removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list after he received another negative test Friday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bourne seemingly had a false positive test Wednesday, as he's now tested negative on back-to-back days after being placed on the list. The wideout was still forced to sit out Thursday's loss to the Packers due to the initial result, while Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams were also ruled out due to being deemed close contacts of Bourne. Expect the 49ers to reinstate all four players from the reserve/COVID-19 list, though Samuel's hamstring injury could prevent him from playing Week 10 against New Orleans.
Bourne (illness) tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, but he'll remain out for the 49ers' game against the Packers later in the day, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
According to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, Bourne believes that his COVID-19 test result from Wednesday was a false positive, as he and the three other individuals that live with him all tested negative a day later. Even so, NFL protocols won't afford Bourne enough time to gain clearance for Thursday's game, leaving the 49ers extremely thin at wide receiver with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk also on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Considering Samuel and Aiyuk were placed on the list due to being high-risk close contacts of Bourne, Chan notes that all players likely would have removed from the list had the 49ers been playing a Sunday or Monday game this week. With that in mind, Bourne should be ready to go for the 49ers' Week 10 game Nov. 15 in New Orleans.
The 49ers placed Bourne (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
After testing positive earlier Wednesday, Bourne was destined to land on this list. He'll thus be unavailable for Thursday's game against the Packers and perhaps beyond, as he'll need to be asymptomatic and test negative twice at least 24 hours apart before he's eligible to rejoin the 49ers. San Francisco's receiving corps is down Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and George Kittle (foot) as well, leaving Brandon Aiyuk, Trent Taylor, Richie James (ankle) and Ross Dwelley as the likely available pass catchers Week 9.
Bourne tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
According to Schefter, Bourne's positive test has prompted the 49ers to shut down their facility for the day in order to conduct contact tracing. The 49ers are scheduled to host the Packers on Thursday.
Bourne recorded eight receptions on 10 targets for 81 yards in Week 8 against the Seahawks.
Bourne showed a connection with Nick Mullens during the fourth quarter, racking up 59 of his 81 yards on the team's final two drives. He was able to command a season-best eight targets in the absence of Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and George Kittle (ankle). Game script also aided Bourne's output, as the team was playing from behind throughout the entire second half. With a quick turnaround for a Week 9 matchup against the Packers on Thursday, Bourne could be pushed into a significant role again.
Bourne did not have a reception (one target) in Sunday's 33-6 victory over the Patriots.
The 49ers turned in a performance reminiscent of its run to the Super Bowl in 2019 where the ground game and defense dominated the opponent so effectively that they barely needed to pass. This game script affected Bourne the most, as he was left without a reception for the first time this season despite being on the field for 45 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Bourne -- who has been serving as the team's slot man in recent weeks -- should return to the starting lineup against the Seahawks in Week 8 after coach Kyle Shanahan announced that Deebo Samuel (hamstring) will "miss some time" after sustaining yet another lower-body injury Sunday.
|7||Sun 10/25||@ NE||W 33-6||0||0||-||0||0|
|Career Receiving Stats|
|Career Rushing Stats|