No. 10: Trent Taylor
It seems as if it’s been longer than two years since 49er fans witnessed wide receiver Trent Taylor becoming a third-down converting machine. That will happen when the second year sees a player mired in a lingering recovery from back surgery.
Taylor was a 2017 draft pick and part of the first draft ran by Shanahan and Lynch. He has shown his ability on the field, not only with the 49ers but as a senior at Louisiana Tech. In 2016, he posted 136 receptions for 1,803 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Fast forward to his rookie season in San Francisco and it became clear relatively fast what the 49ers saw in the receiver. Taylor especially excelled once Garoppolo took over as the team’s starter in Week 13 of that season.
He hauled in 17 of his 43 total catches in 2017 for 191 yards from his new quarterback, and all signs pointed to that trend continuing as the 2018 season approached. The aforementioned back surgery and recovery that was never really complete contributed to him not having the success he and many others envisioned going into last season.
The 2019 campaign looks to be much different for Taylor. He is 100 percent healthy. His quarterback has also returned after missing all but three games last season. He should have no problem being the safety net he was in 2017.
After starting with a good first few days of training camp, Taylor is making it known that he is back and ready to go for 2019.