No. 4: Wide Receiver Trent Taylor
A number of second-year players regressed this season. Case in point, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon looked awfully bad , then finished on a strong four-week note before landing on injured reserve to close out the year.
Yet one player who hasn’t bounced back after a rough start to the season is second-year slot receiver Trent Taylor.
All you need to do is look at the side-by-side stats to see the massive drop off:
A year ago, Taylor was tied for ninth in the NFL for third-down receptions for a first down (19), which was also tied for best among rookies with the Rams’ Cooper Kupp.
This year, he has only four such catches.
Like Weston Richburg, Taylor has been dealing with a season-long injury. An offseason back procedure could likely be a big reason why Taylor hasn’t performed anywhere near the level fans saw his rookie season.
With the Niners ranking 18th in third-down conversion percentage this year (38.5 percent), one only wishes Taylor took a leap forward instead of regressing the opposite direction.