Wide receiver Pierre Garçon — the San Francisco 49ers’ top receiver in 2017 — will miss the rest of the season after being placed on IR due to a neck injury.
Earlier this evening, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch broke the unfortunate news that the Niners’ top receiver Pierre Garçon will be placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a neck injury the receiver sustained last week:
— John Lund (@JohnLundRadio) November 3, 2017
Garçon has been the team’s best receiver in 2017, with 40 receptions for 500 yards over the first eight games of the season.
Fellow receiver Marquise Goodwin currently ranks second on the team with 349 receiving yards; no other wide receiver on the Niners’ roster has eclipsed 200 receiving yards on the season.
Of the remaining wide receivers on the roster, only Aldrick Robinson has NFL experience prior to this season. Rookie receiver Trent Taylor — primarily a slot receiver — has 182 receiving yards, while fellow rookies Victor Bolden and Kendrick Bourne have yet to catch a pass at the NFL level.
With the NFL trade deadline ending earlier this week, San Francisco will have a difficult time replacing Garçon’s level of productivity.
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Prior to the beginning of the season, I wrote that the “49ers needs to sign a backup for wide receiver Pierre Garçon,” because the Niners lacked a viable backup for their top receiver.
Unfortunately, instead of signing an experienced physical receiver as insurance for this specific situation, the 49ers’ front office decided to go with younger, smaller options at the position — and even cut their most productive wide receiver from 2016, Jeremy Kerley.
The 49ers have their new franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. Now they just need receivers to catch his passes.