There are a lot of factors at play for the 49ers wide receivers. Injuries, especially to Dante Pettis and the team’s presumed No. 1 target, Marquise Goodwin, have hurt. C.J. Beathard having to take over for Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t help matters much either.
But take a look at San Francisco’s receiving stats out of this group halfway through the season:
Only Goodwin has established himself as a legitimate threat through the air. But injuries have limited him and taken away the most dynamic aspect of Kyle Shanahan’s offense: speed.
Meanwhile, second-year pro Trent Taylor hasn’t been anything close to the third-down weapon he was in 2017. A lingering back injury could be a primary reason for the drop off in production, but the numbers that matter simply haven’t been there.
Pettis, also injured with a knee issue, hasn’t been much of a factor aside from his lone touchdown in Week 1.