The San Francisco 49ers completely overhauled their wide receiver corps this offseason. We were expecting Jeremy Kerley to return this fall, but after signing a three-year contract, he was beat out by Trent Taylor for slot work, and by potentially Victor Bolden and Raheem Mostert for return work.
With Kerley’s release, the only returning wide receiver still in the organization is DeAndre Smelter on the practice squad. Kerley could have potentially stuck around, but with the roster overhaul where it’s at, it made sense to go younger.
2016 WR depth chart: Jeremy Kerley, Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton, Aaron Burbridge, Rod Streater
2017 WR depth chart: Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson, Victor Bolden Jr., Kendrick Bourne
The 49ers’ roster took plenty of hits the past few years, but I don’t know if anything was as bad as Trent Baalke trying to add wide receiver depth. He gets credit for the Anquan Boldin and Jeremy Kerley trades, and even the Randy Moss signing was not too bad. But when it came to adding wide receiver talent in the draft, I can’t imagine anybody fairing worse than Trent Baalke.
I can’t see how the 49ers could have really gotten any worse at the position, but hey, we need a poll for this anyway, right? And if you think the 49ers have gotten worse at the position, I’d really like to hear why in the comments.
Are the 49ers better, worse, or the same at wide receiver compared to the start of 2016?
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