Trent Sherfield

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #10
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #10

Trent Sherfield News

Re-enters wideout rotation

Sherfield was on the field for 20 offensive snaps (27 percent) and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 34-26 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Sherfield has spent most of the season on the special teams unit, but he was elevated into three-receiver sets in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest after Deebo Samuel (groin) was forced out of the game. While the latter's injury doesn't appear to be serious, his status for next week's matchup against the Seahawks is in serious question. If Samuel does miss the contest, Sherfield might find himself taking on some of the star wideout's usage. The 25-year-old was seen running some of Deebo's usual backfield misdirections and jet sweep motions Sunday, so it wouldn't be surprising if he takes on a larger role offensively against Seattle. Still, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle figure to take on most of Samuel's production for any time he misses, with Sherfield and Jauan Jennings getting bumps in value for deep formats.

Nov 29, 2021 11:48 AM EST

Spends majority of game on ST unit

Sherfield saw 13 of his 15 snaps come on special teams Sunday. He did not receive a target in a 30-28 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Sherfield has seen his role reduced incrementally over the first three games of the season, which has coincided with starter Brandon Aiyuk's steady increase in playing time. The 25-year-old has performed well in his limited role (three receptions, 32 yards and a touchdown), so his reversion to fourth on the depth chart has more to do with the coaching staff restoring faith in Aiyuk, as opposed to Sherfield doing anything to lose his minor role. For now, Sherfield won't carry any fantasy value into Week 4 against Seattle. However, he has shown he can produce over the course of the preseason/early regular season, so he could gain fantasy value if one of the starters goes down to injury at some point this season.

Sep 27, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Finishes third in WR snaps

Sherfield had one reception (three targets) for nine yards in Sunday's 17-11 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Sherfield had a strong debut with San Francisco last week, and he was rewarded with a bump up to third on the depth chart (34 percent of offensive snaps). The 25-year-old showed some promise during the preseason, so he is a name that could surface in the future if a larger role on offense opens up. Currently, Sherfield won't see the kind of volume necessary for most fantasy managers to rely on.

Sep 20, 2021 3:46 PM EST

Hits pay dirt in SF debut

Sherfield had two receptions (three targets) for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-33 win over Detroit.

Analysis: Sherfield had strong debut with his new club, making a crisp zag route from five yards out before rookie Trey Lance dialed him up for the score. It was fitting that the touchdown came from the arm of Lance, as the two players showed a strong rapport during the preseason, connecting on two plays of 40-plus yards. Sherfield took advantage of Brandon Aiyuk's (hamstring) limited availability, logging one extra offensive snap (27 to 26) than his projected starting teammate. The 25-year-old has showed some promise early on this season, but he may fall back to fourth on the depth chart once Aiyuk is back to full strength.

Sep 13, 2021 9:47 AM EST

Roster spot looking more likely

Sherfield has likely earned a roster spot after a strong preseason showing, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.

Analysis: Sherfield was the 49ers' top producing wideout during the preseason while the starters rested, developing a strong rapport with potential rookie starter Trey Lance. San Francisco's top three receivers look to be set in stone, but Sherfield has put himself in a position to step up should any of Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk or Mohamed Sanu miss time this season. Assuming he does make the cut, the undrafted Vanderbilt product will likely serve on special teams against the Lions to kick off the regular season.

Aug 30, 2021 8:19 AM EST

Heading to San Francisco

Sherfield is signing a one-year contract with the 49ers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 49ers lost Kendrick Bourne to free agency, but signing Sherfield will serve to shore up depth at wideout behind Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and Brandon Aiyuk (ankle). Sherfield also established himself as a core special-teams contributor across three seasons with the Cardinals.

Mar 18, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Hitting the market

Sherfield wasn't tendered by the Cardinals as a restricted free agent, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sherfield was one of the team's core members of special teams, logging 221 snaps on special teams during the 2020 season. The speedy receiver caught five of his seven targets for 50 yards and will aim to bring his talents elsewhere in the upcoming year.

Mar 12, 2021 11:59 AM EST

Sticks mostly to special teams

Sherfield had five receptions (on seven targets) for 50 yards in 15 contests during the 2020 season. He also compiled nine tackles (six solo) and two fumble recoveries.

Analysis: As one of the Cardinals' core special teamers, Sherfield logged nearly three times as many snaps (221) in that realm than on offense (79). Considering he's a restricted free agent in the offseason, Arizona seems apt to bring back a cost-controlled player. If he does return, Sherfield likely will be hard-pressed to climb a receiving depth chart occupied by DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella, even with Larry Fitzgerald (groin) still contemplating whether to come back or retire.

Feb 2, 2021 5:48 PM EST

Back on roster

Sherfield was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Sherfield missed last week's game against the Patriots but will be eligible to play Sunday against the Rams. The depth wideout has just one catch this season.

Dec 2, 2020 12:06 PM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

Sherfield was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Sherfield has either tested positive for COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has, putting his status for Sunday's matchup against the Patriots in doubt. If he isn't able to suit up against New England, his absence shouldn't have a major impact, as he's recorded just one reception for six yards. However, the Cardinals will have to rely on more receiving depth Sunday after Larry Fitzgerald (illness) tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Nov 26, 2020 4:22 PM EST

Mostly contained to special teams

Sherfield logged one snap on offense and 15 plays on special teams during Sunday's 37-34 overtime win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: With just one six-yard catch on the season, Sherfield holds little sway in the fantasy realm in a receiving corps composed of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Isabella. Still, Sherfield's prowess on kick and punt coverage allows him to be a regular on the game-day roster.

Oct 26, 2020 6:42 PM EST

Tallies special-teams tackle

Sherfield wasn't targeted and notched a tackle on punt coverage during Sunday's 38-10 victory at Dallas.

Analysis: The Cardinals made fellow wide receiver KeeSean Johnson a healthy scratch, but Sherfield handled just six of 62 snaps on offense while logging 13 special-teams plays. On the season, Sherfield has one catch on 23 offensive snaps through six contests, so he holds little to no sway in the fantasy realm.

Oct 20, 2020 3:35 PM EST

Records first catch of season

Sherfield caught his only target for six yards during Sunday's 30-10 road win versus the Jets.

Analysis: Sherfield logged a season-high nine snaps on offense and 13 on special teams on his way to his first target (and reception) of the campaign. Still, he rang in fifth in offensive snap share among Cardinals wide receivers, exhibiting his standing with the unit.

Oct 13, 2020 12:47 PM EST

Sticking primarily to special teams

Sherfield logged one snap on offense and 13 plays on special teams during Sunday's 26-23 defeat to the Lions.

Analysis: Sherfield has yet to record a touch or target, but his work on special teams has been consistent. On Sunday in particular, he had a tackle on a kick return and downed a punt at Detroit's nine-yard line. Having said that, Sherfield has received just eight offensive snaps through three games, despite KeeSean Johnson spending the first two contests on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Christian Kirk (groin) sitting out Week 3. It appears Sherfield will require multiple injuries to wide receivers at the same time to make an impact on offense.

Sep 29, 2020 9:12 PM EST

Little chance to contribute Sunday

Sherfield logged two snaps on offense and 15 special-teams plays during Sunday's 24-20 win in San Francisco.

Analysis: Sherfield's sole contribution in the play-by-play log was a downed punt in the middle of the third quarter. Moving forward, he'll have difficulty eking out chances on offense due to the presence of DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk at the top of the wide receiver depth chart, and Andy Isabella occupying the No. 4 spot. Expect Sherfield to continue being a regular on special teams, however.

Sep 15, 2020 11:51 AM EST

Manages four receptions in 2019

Sherfield had four catches (on 13 targets) for 80 yards in 16 contests during the 2019 season.

Analysis: Sherfield was the Cardinals' only outside receiver to suit up for every game but didn't receive a target after Week 10, as he primarily was contained to special teams. In that realm, he totaled eight tackles and a fumble recovery, but such output is moot for fantasy purposes. Under contract for 2020, Sherfield may have difficulty working his way up the depth chart with a trio of wide receivers (Andy Isabella, Keesean Johnson and Hakeem Butler) to develop from Arizona's 2019 draft class.

Jan 6, 2020 12:40 PM EST

Mostly contained to special teams

Sherfield played one snap on offense and 11 special-teams plays during Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Aside from downing a punt in the third quarter, Sherfield didn't make an appearance on the official play-by-play chart. While he's been active for all 12 of the Cardinals' contests this season, he's also put up zeroes in the box score in every outing aside from a four-game stretch Weeks 4 through 7. With offensive snaps difficult to come by, Sherfield's output has therefore been minimal.

Dec 2, 2019 6:18 PM EST

No production again Week 11

Sherfield played four of 69 offensive snaps and 15 more plays on special teams during Sunday's 36-26 defeat in San Francisco.

Analysis: After posting exactly one catch in four consecutive games between Weeks 4 and 7, Sherfield's role has dried up, as he's failed to reel in any of his four targets in the Cardinals' subsequent four contests. In that same stretch, rookies KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella have served as the team's most-used outside receivers. Arizona is on bye Week 12, but when it gets back on the field Sunday, Dec. 1 versus the Rams, Sherfield isn't much of a candidate to contribute.

Nov 18, 2019 5:58 PM EST

Goes long against Atlanta

Sherfield caught his lone target for a 38-yard gain during Sunday's 34-33 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Sherfield made his mark during Arizona's first drive when he broke up the sideline and reeled in a Kyler Murray loft for a gain of 38 yards to set up an Arizona field goal. Sherfield has just three catches this season, but he's averaging 25.3 yards per reception. He isn't getting enough targets to be a fantasy factor, but is a threat to go long again Sunday against a Giants defense surrendering a whopping 13.5 yards per catch, 31st in the league.

Oct 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

Makes most of one catch

Sherfield gathered in his only target for 38 yards during Sunday's 34-33 victory against the Falcons.

Analysis: With Damiere Byrd (hamstring) back in action for the first time since Week 3, Sherfield conceded some of his recent workload to the former, yet he still got 52 percent of the offensive snaps to Byrd's 22 percent. Meanwhile, KeeSean Johnson led Cardinals outside receivers with 81 percent of those plays. Once the group is healthy, the pecking order likely will read Byrd, Johnson and then Sherfield, a reality that would give him little opportunity to contribute on offense.

Oct 15, 2019 3:42 PM EST

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