Trent Taylor – San Francisco 49ers – Wide Receiver
ESPN – 0.4%, CBS Sports – 1%
With Pierre Garcon lost for the season the 49ers receiving corps looks miserable (and that may be putting it kindly). There were already questions with C.J. Beathard under center (until Jimmy Garoppolo is deemed ready), as you could argue that his play alone would limit anyone stepping into a role. That said there is a chance that an under-the-radar option emerges, especially this week against an Arizona defense that’s allowing the second most points per week to opposing wide receivers.
Taylor, a fifth round rookie, actually had 5 receptions and 47 yards against the Cardinals earlier this season (both of which are his career best thus far). He has the potential to step up and fill the void, as NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling published the following quote from Tony Franklin (Louisana Tech’s offensive coordinator) in June:
“A lot of times you hear people say, ‘This guy is the next Wes Welker,’” Franklin told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Every small, white kid’s been Wes Welker since Wes Welker became a star. I’m telling you, Trent Taylor really is.”
Don’t be surprised to see his role and opportunities expand, though at 5’8” he’s never going to be a threat to score a lot of touchdowns. At the same time, are these names that you think could run with a big role and make an impact:
- Marquise Goodwin
- Aldrick Robinson
- George Kittle (tight end)
Now, look at how third receivers have been producing against LA over the past few weeks:
- Week 5 – Nelson Agholor – 4 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD
- Week 6 – Adam Humphries – 6 receptions, 51 yards
- Week 7 – Cooper Kupp – 4 receptions, 51 yards, 1 TD
If you are desperate for someone this week, there are worse fliers to take. The matchup (with his performance earlier in the year) as well as the supporting cast should lead to opportunity and upside.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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