The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the 2017 season and have begun their work to prepare for 2018 free agency and the draft. We’ll be breaking down plenty of what that means, but in the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at the season that was for the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo captured our imagination, but the 49ers rebuilding process was extensive last year. We are going to take a look at every notable addition and provide a forum for grading how that signing, trade, or draft pick worked out.
Trent Taylor, wide receiver
How acquired: Drafted in the fifth round (177th overall)
It seems like most of you were a fan of the George Kittle pick in the fifth round, so today we’re going to talk about wide receiver Trent Taylor, also a fifth-round rookie in 2017.
Taylor was initially concerning because he had a couple of drops early in the season. The 49ers, as a team, had 29 drops, second-most in the NFL. Fortunately, Taylor’s drops ended with the two early on, and he was rock solid from then on. In 15 games played, Taylor caught 43 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns.
His longest reception was 33 yards, but his most impressive stats came on third down. Taylor caught a total of 18 third-down passes for a first down, tying him for fifth among all receivers in the NFC, and tying him for ninth among all receivers in the NFL.
That’s a pretty incredible stat for a player who only participated in 44.91 percent of his team’s offensive plays. And remember that time he played with a flu and had a career game? And remember how pretty much all of his teammates like him?
So for me, his selection is an ‘A’, though I do wonder if the 49ers like him enough to move on from Pierre Garcon early provided they are active in the free agency market like many expect.
What else, what else ... oh yeah, sorry. Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead, Peyton Hillis, Eric Decker ...........
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