Loser: Wide Receiver Trent Taylor
Richie James’ success came at the expense of Trent Taylor, who was a healthy scratch for the contest.
True, a back injury has likely influenced Taylor’s massive drop off in production since his promising rookie year. But that doesn’t change the fact Taylor has just 18 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown — a far cry in the splits from his 43-catch, 430-yard effort in 2017.
Taylor was a third-down weapon for San Francisco his rookie season. But that prowess hasn’t carried over to 2018, and the Niners still rank 24th in third-down conversion percentage.
And Taylor’s relative absence from the stat sheet has been a major reason why.
James’ recent ascent doesn’t spell good news for Taylor, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see the rookie take away a number of snaps from Taylor over the rest of the season.
At least it prompts an intriguing 2019 camp competition, should it come to that.