Trent Sherfield

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

Trent Sherfield News

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

Makes another catch

Sherfield recorded one reception (on three targets) for 23 yards during Sunday's 26-23 win at Cincinnati.

Analysis: Sherfield has experienced increased run the past two games with Damiere Byrd out of the lineup due to a hamstring injury. However, Sherfield has been unable to make much of an impact, hauling in exactly one catch in both of those contests. As long as Byrd is sidelined, Sherfield can be expected to log a significant snap count: 84 percent of the snaps on offense Week 4, and 77 percent Sunday. On the other hand, a return from Byrd would force Sherfield back to a special-teams role.

Oct 7, 2019 12:14 PM EST

Posts first catch of season

Sherfield gathered in one of three passes for 15 yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: After being primarily contained to special teams during the first three games of the season, Sherfield got a chance for significant action in place of the injured Damiere Byrd, who didn't play due to a hamstring injury. Sherfield essentially handled Byrd's entire workload -- 53 of 63 snaps on offense -- but production was lacking, with Kyler Murray focusing most of his attention on David Johnson (11 targets), Larry Fitzgerald (five) and Christian Kirk (five). Byrd's health will be one to watch this week, as another absence will keep Sherfield in an elevated role.

Sep 30, 2019 11:51 AM EST

More work on the docket

Sherfield is on pace for an elevated role with Damiere Byrd (hamstring) unavailable for Sunday's contest against the Seahawks, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals trot out the top WR trio of Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Byrd on most snaps, while KeeSean Johnson (all season) and the recently released Michael Crabtree (Weeks 2 and 3) have filled in when the offense went four-wide. As Byrd's direct backup on the depth chart, Sherfield could take a large swath of his reps, which so far has translated to 92 percent of the offensive plays. In the end, this will be Sherfield's first chance to show what he can do in new coach Kliff Kingsbury's scheme.

Sep 27, 2019 1:23 PM EST

Gets first target of season

Sherfield didn't haul in his only target during Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Kyler Murray directed a pass in Sherfield's direction for the first time this season, but it's not as if the wide receiver has had much of a chance to contribute on offense, with just 12 snaps on that side of the ball through three games. Sherfield's primary offering has come on special teams, as he has two solo tackles as a part of kick coverage units. With the Cardinals moving on from Michael Crabtree on Monday, Sherfield may be one injury away from relevance, but Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Damiere Byrd and KeeSean Johnson nonetheless occupy the top four WR spots at the moment.

Sep 23, 2019 6:24 PM EST

Blanked again Week 2

Sherfield logged four snaps on offense and 16 plays on special teams during Sunday's 23-17 loss at Baltimore.

Analysis: Sherfield maintained his usage from the Week 1, primarily serving on coverage and return units. He also was a distant fifth in offensive snap share behind Larry Fitzgerald (95 percent), Christian Kirk (93), Damiere Byrd (93), KeeSean Johnson (32) and Michael Crabtree (32), the latter of whom was making his Cardinals debut. For the time being, Sherfield remains a special teamer and not much else.

Sep 16, 2019 12:24 PM EST

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