8. Jeremy Kerley
Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley had the best season of his career in 2016, which earned him a three-year contract with the 49ers this offseason.
In 2017, Kerley will compete with Taylor for snaps out of the slot — and the six-year veteran’s experience in the league should give him the early-season advantage over the rookie.
Kerley will get his share of red zone opportunities, as Shanahan likes to attack zone coverage with his slot receiver near the end zone:
Another early-season advantage Kerley has over Taylor is his experience running the football — although Taylor returned punts and was comfortable with the ball in his hands, he never ran the football in college: