The San Francisco 49ers have been busy since Super Bowl LIV. The team continues to sign free agents as they build their roster back to 90. Some players will have a chance to compete to make the final roster; others were cut within two days. Good news came out of Santa Clara this past week as far as Jimmy Garoppolo’s future weapons go. Jalen Hurd’s back injury is healed, and he’s expected to be full-go for the offseason program come April. That’s big news, as Hurd will have time to digest the playbook and find his role in the 49ers offense. Think anywhere from the former Patriots tight end that has a Netflix Documentary to former Niner Delanie Walker. Quick throws to Hurd that end up with him getting YAC and touchdowns.
After what Hurd did this past preseason, it’s tough not to get excited about what he brings to the table. It’s not fair to expect Hurd to surpass Deebo Samuel on the depth chart. What Deebo did in 2019 was overshadowed by the 49ers’ defense and a couple of other receivers that had more volume. I feel comfortable calling him a star. Can Hurd develop into a stud? Everything about his skillset and playing for Kyle Shanahan says so. But let’s just wait and see.
On Friday, Trent Taylor posted a video on his Instagram story:
Trent Taylor was arguably the #49ers best WR in training camp. After five foot surgeries, it appears that his walking boot has finally been removed.— Alex Tran (@NinerAlex) February 14, 2020
: @Trent5Taylor’s IG Story pic.twitter.com/ZbPMrODdmp
No more boot for Taylor, who will likely slide into the role that was filled by Kendrick Bourne this season if he returns to his 2019 training camp form. Taylor was eating the 49ers defense alive. A defense that was stingy all season. When you hear people asking why there is so much belief in Taylor, despite multiple injuries, that’s the reason. It’s tough to quit on talent.
There are a lot of mouths to feed on offense, but seeing the receivers interact with each other, winning is all they care about. I can’t wait to see how Shanahan divides up touches come August.