|Ht / Wt:||5'8" / 178 lb.|
|Born:||April 30, 1994|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 5 (177)|
Taylor has been healthy throughout the offseason program and is working closely with wide receivers coach Wes Welker, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: At 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, Taylor says he's been compared to Welker since his freshman year of college, long before he'd met the former NFL star. Now entering his third pro season, Taylor is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2018 campaign that was impacted by his recovery from offseason back surgery. He says he never quite made it back to full strength, lacking the explosiveness he'd previously displayed during the second half of his rookie season. Taylor seems to be stronger and faster now, but he's also looking at a crowded depth chart after the 49ers signed Jordan Matthews and drafted Deebo Samuel (second round) and Jalen Hurd (third round). Each of the new additions is a threat to take slot snaps that might otherwise go to Taylor.
Taylor is excited for a healthy offseason and has already started his training program, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "I think that's just such an advantage," Taylor said, "to be able to only think about building your body up with no limitations going on. I think whenever you have to worry about an injury throughout the offseason there's so much you have to hold back from."
Analysis: Taylor dealt with shoulder and back injuries last offseason, coming off a 2017 rookie campaign in which he caught 43 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. He took a big step back in 2018 with a 26-215-1 receiving line, averaging just 22.9 snaps in 14 games while sometimes losing work to fellow slot receiver Richie James. The two players figure to battle for playing time in 2019, with new assistant coach Wes Welker brought in to help the development process. Veteran wide receiver Pierre Garcon won't be retained, but Marquise Goodwin (Achilles), Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne are all under team control for at least two more years.
Taylor caught three of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Taylor was on the field for just 20 of the team's 58 offensive snaps, only moving up to third on the depth chart despite three starting wideouts sitting out with injuries. Week 17's playing time distribution is just a microcosm of the direction the wideout's standing with the franchise has gone in 2018. Taylor went from starting slot receiver in his rookie campaign to an afterthought behind other young receivers (Kendrick Bourne and Richie James) this year. The 24-year-old still has two years left on his rookie deal, but it looks like he will have to fight for a spot on the 53-man roster during camp next season.
Taylor caught one pass (two targets) for 23 yards in Sunday's 14-9 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: Taylor didn't put up impressive numbers, but he did see the field more in the second half after Dante Pettis (knee) went down to injury. The latter is not expected to play in the season finale against the Rams, and Marquise Goodwin's (Achilles) status is murky as well. If both receivers end up sitting out, Taylor figures to enter the wideout rotation and occupy one of the top three spots alongside Kendrick Bourne.
Taylor had one catch (two targets) for eight yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: Taylor actually finished third in wideout targets, but he remains stagnant in a fourth-receiver role. It didn't help that the 24-year-old dropped a wide-open pass on a crucial drive in the fourth quarter. Barring unforeseen absences ahead of him on the depth chart, Taylor will be a non-factor in Sunday's matchup against the Bears.
Taylor caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 20-14 win over Denver.
Analysis: Marquise Goodwin (personal) returned to action, but Taylor was able to hang on to the fourth receiver role ahead of Richie James (zero targets). Taylor even took over punt return duties after James fumbled a return for the second straight week. Despite the slight bump in duties, the 24-year-old remains a non-factor in fantasy with just five receptions over the team's last six games.
Taylor brought in his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's 43-16 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Marquise Goodwin (personal) and Pierre Garcon (knee) remained sidelined, but Taylor still finished fourth in targets to wide receivers for the second consecutive week. It has become apparent that the 24-year-old has fallen out of favor in San Francisco, mitigating his fantasy value heading into a Week 14 matchup with the Broncos.
Taylor brought in his only target for 12 yards in Monday's 27-23 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Taylor was a healthy scratch last week, but he re-entered the wide receiver rotation with Pierre Garcon (knee) sitting this one out. The 24-year-old started the season as the 49ers' primary slot man, but his recent limited usage indicates that the team is going to give other options a larger look moving forward. Taylor will be off the fantasy radar when San Francisco returns to action Week 13 following its bye.
Taylor is active for Monday's game against Giants.
Analysis: A healthy scratch in the 49ers' most recent game Nov. 1, Taylor returns to a receiving corps without the services of Pierre Garcon (knee). Expect George Kittle and Marquise Goodwin to dominate the attention of Nick Mullens, but Taylor could wrest offensive snaps from fellow wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Richie James.
Taylor (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Thursday versus the Raiders.
Analysis: A back injury has plagued Taylor at times since mid-May and even forced a DNP in a Week 6 visit to Green Bay. In two games in the meantime, he's been sparsely used, turning just five targets into two receptions for 13 yards. Expect Marquise Goodwin, Pierre Garcon (shoulder/knee) and Kendrick Bourne to get the most attention from fill-in starting quarterback Nick Mullens in the passing attack.
Taylor had one catch (two targets) for seven yards in Sunday's loss to Arizona.
Analysis: Pierre Garcon (knee) was unable to suit up Sunday, but Kendrick Bourne was the receiver who benefited most from the veteran's absence. Taylor has logged just one catch in each of his previous two matchups despite serving as the 49ers' primary slot man, making him hard to trust even in a favorable matchup against the Raiders on Thursday.
Taylor (back) was limited to one catch (three targets) for six yards in Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Taylor returned to action after missing Week 6's contest with a back injury. Like the rest of his fellow wide receivers, the shifty slot man was unable to get anything going against the Rams' defense. Taylor will look to get back on track Sunday against the Cardinals, who he posted his best stat line of the season (seven catches, 61 yards and a touchdown) in their previous meeting Week 5.
Taylor (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: Dante Pettis (knee) is lone 49ers wideout unavailable Sunday after both Taylor and Pierre Garcon (shoulder/knee) received clearance to suit up following pregame workouts. Taylor, who sat out for the first time all season in the Week 6 loss to the Packers, should check back in as the 49ers' primary slot man Sunday. The second-year player turned in his best outing of the season in his last appearance Oct. 7 against the Cardinals, reeling in seven of eight targets for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Taylor (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Taylor was listed as doubtful with the injury ahead of the 49ers' Week 6 matchup with the Packers before ultimately being inactive for the contest, so the fact that he's considered questionable for Week 7 suggests he's taken a step forward in his recovery from the back injury. If cleared to suit up Sunday, Taylor would likely retain his usual duties in the slot, where he forged a quality connection with quarterback C.J. Beathard his last time out. In the 49ers' Week 5 loss to the Cardinals, Taylor set season highs across the board with seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown on eight targets.
Taylor (back) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: This is a step in the right direction after Taylor was held out of practice all last week and listed as doubtful for Sunday's eventual loss to the Packers. Kendrick Bourne filled in as San Francisco's No. 3 wide receiver, catching one of three targets for 22 yards. The role doesn't offer much promise with Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) out for the season.
Taylor (back) is inactive for Monday's contest in Green Bay.
Analysis: This was more or less a formality after Taylor didn't practice all week and was given a 'doubtful' tag for Monday's game. The 49ers will be down two wide receivers -- also, Dante Pettis (knee) -- which should give Kendrick Bourne, Victor Bolden and Richie James an opportunity to receive looks behind starters Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon.
Taylor (back) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against Green Bay, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Taylor was a non-participant for the third consecutive day, limiting any optimism of his availability for Monday. The 49ers' depth at wide receiver could be tested with Pierre Garcon (shoulder/knee) listed as questionable and Dante Pettis (knee) ruled out. Richie James and Kendrick Bourne could see increased snaps due to the injuries.
Taylor (back) is not expected to play in Monday's game against the Packers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Taylor was held out of practice Thursday and Friday without any sign of an imminent return. Richie James would make sense as a replacement in the slot, but Kendrick Bourne should also be in the mix for snaps and targets, especially if Pierre Garcon (shoulder/knee) is absent or limited. The 49ers have already ruled out Dante Pettis (knee).
Taylor (back) isn't practicing Friday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: With Taylor and Pierre Garcon (shoulder) still not practicing and Dante Pettis (knee) already ruled out, Kendrick Bourne may get a chance to earn regular reps Monday in Green Bay. The Niners might also consider using rookie slot specialist Richie James if Taylor isn't able to play.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Taylor would be held out of Thursday's practice due to a back injury, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Three of the 49ers' top four wideouts -- Taylor, Pierre Garcon (shoulder/knee) and Dante Pettis (knee) -- will sit out the team's first practice of the week, though Shanahan noted Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) would be able to practice in full. While Goodwin seems on track to play Monday against the Packers, Pettis has already been ruled out, leaving Taylor and Garcon somewhere in the middle. It wasn't known that Taylor came out of the Week 5 loss to the Cardinals with any injury, so it's possible that his absence Thursday is mainly for maintenance purposes. A clear read on Taylor's health heading into the Monday night matchup might not come until after the 49ers release their final practice report Saturday.
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