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WR Trent Taylor - San Francisco 49ers

5-8, 181Born: 4-30-1994College: Louisiana TechDrafted: Round 5

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2017 Week 17 vs LAR (2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Not surprisingly, both of Taylor's catches came on short, in-breaking routes from the slot. On the first, he beat cornerback Troy Hill and then spun out of Hill's tackle attempt to gain an extra 8 yards. On the second, he had the good fortune of pass rusher Robert Quinn dropping into coverage on a zone blitz. Taylor easily found the hole behind Quinn and in front of the secondary.

2017 Week 16 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)

Talented and resourceful as he is, the rookie nevertheless got shut down by Aaron Colvin, who is one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league. Indeed, his main contribution, a red zone touchdown catch that put San Francisco ahead 30-19 in the fourth quarter, came via Jimmy Garoppolo escaping Jacksonville's pass rush, rolling out, and then side-arming his pass to Taylor through a near-impossible window.

2017 Week 15 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Taylor played his usual high-leverage role: Three of his five targets came on third down, another came inside the red zone, and yet another started off San Francisco's game-winning drive. A sixth target, from Tennessee's 22-yard line was nullified by a dubious offensive pass interference penalty. All of that said, Taylor's yardage total could have been considerably higher had he not turned to run with the ball before securing a wide open catch in the middle of the field with at least 20 yards of open space in front of him.

2017 Week 14 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

The silver lining of Taylor's quiet day was that two of his three targets came on 3rd down in the Texans half of the field. Unfortunately, they were short throws on 3rd-and-long, so his catches didn't do any damage. In addition, his other target was intercepted by cornerback Kareem Jackson. (Although it was the result of an errant through, so not Taylor's fault.)

2017 Week 13 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 92 / 0 rec)

Taylor's big day resulted from a heaping helping of soft coverage by Chicago. He beat Chris Prosinski's off-man coverage on a slant for 17 yards. And then again for 7 yards more. He then gained 35 yards on his next three receptions by going essentially uncovered in the Bears' zone. Taylor's only success against press man also resulted in his biggest play of the day. Lined up in the slot on 3rd-and-9 with the game on the line, he easily beat cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc off the line and gained 33 yards on a catch and run, thereby setting San Francisco up at Chicago's 16-yard line. From there, they melted two minutes off the clock and kicked the game-winning field goal.

2017 Week 12 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

With the 49ers' game plan (apparently) involving mainly two-tight end and two-running back formations, part of Taylor's meager stat line was simply due to not being on the field much during the first half. Otherwise, it was due to Justin Coleman's slot coverage; although Taylor did get one big play over on him. Lined up in the trail position of a stacked formation, Taylor faked an outside move, which Coleman bit on, thereby leaving Taylor wide open on his slant; and with room to run for 20 yards after the catch.

2017 Week 9 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Before exiting with a rib injury late in the first half, Taylor had continued his season-long trend of being a prime target on third down. His first target came on 3rd-and-9 during San Francisco's second drive. He sat down in Arizona's underneath middle zone, but dropped the pass. On the last play of the first quarter, he caught a 10-yard dig route due to defensive indifference on 3rd-and-17. On Taylor's final target, he beat Tyrann Mathieu off the line, which allowed him to get open and catch a 12-yard quick slant on 3rd-and-3.

2017 Week 8 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Taylor didn't even see a pass thrown his way until garbage time had already arrived late in the third quarter. On that initial target (and 13-yard reception), Taylor was able to get open inside on a slant route against the man-to-man coverage of cornerback Jalen Mills. Then, midway through the fourth quarter, Taylor beat cornerback Dexter McDougle on a quick out route and adjusted well to catch a pass thrown behind him. Finally, two plays later, Taylor motioned into a stack right formation, caught a wide receiver screen behind the line of scrimmage, and ran for a 13-yard gain thanks to blocks by Marquise Goodwin and apparently fleet-of-foot right guard Brandon Fusco.

2017 Week 7 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)

With George Kittle garnering the bulk of Dallas' attention in the middle of the field, Taylor became Kyle Shanahan qua C.J. Beathard's go-to receiver in San Francisco's hurry-up, garbage-time offense. To wit, Taylor didn't see his first target until there was less than a minute remaining in the third quarter and the 49ers down 33-3. In other words, he couldn't he was shut down by slot cornerback Orlando Skandrick until the Cowboys' defense didn't care anymore.

2017 Week 6 vs WAS (5 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Taylor's didn't see his first target until late in the first quarter. As per usual, it came on third down, although this time cornerback Quinton Dunbar made a nice play to stop Taylor well short of the first down. Two of his other four targets also came on third down, the latter of which netted 10 yards and a first down during San Francisco's drive to narrow their deficit to two points with two minutes left. It was of the "sit down in the void of a soft zone" variety. Taylor's only other contribution was a 39-yard punt return midway through the third quarter.

2017 Week 5 vs IND (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

After being Brian Hoyer's go-to receiver in Week 4, Taylor was, for all intents and puroses, Hoyer's no-to receiver in Week 5. Taylor's first target (and lone reception) didn't come until the first play of the second half. Then his second (and final) target wasn't until midway through overtime.

2017 Week 4 vs ARI (10 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

With Pierre Garcon not in his usual go-to role due to Patrick Peterson, Brian Hoyer targeted Taylor 9 times on his 17 third-down passes. For those scoring at home, that means 9 of Taylor's 10 targets came on 3rd down. One borderline-absurd sequence was a microcosm of this that came during San Francisco's go-ahead drive in overtime. They were faced with 3rd-and-8 at middle field and called Taylor's number. Hoyer's pass fell incomplete, but Arizona was offsides, so the down was replayed as a 3rd-and-3. Taylor got targeted again and this time drew a defensive pass interference penalty on Tyrann Mathieu. But San Francisco also committed a foul on the play, so they had to play 3rd down for a third time. And who gets the target? Taylor once again.

2017 Week 3 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)

Taylor was somewhat of a revelation insofar as he got targeted in several high-leverage situations. On 3rd-and-3 early in the second quarter, Taylor got a free release from the slot against the man-to-man coverage of linebacker Mark Barron, and beat him on a quick slant for 18 yards. With San Francisco down 34-20 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Taylor was targeted again, this time on a route to the right flat from his presnap alignment at slot left. He was wide open, caught the pass, and nearly scored thanks to evading tackle attempts by two of the Rams' five defensive backs. On the 49ers' next drive, he was targeted once again in a high leverage situation (3rd-and-goal at the 3-yard line down 34-20), but did score a touchdown this time. Following a Carlos Hyde touchdown to narrow San Francisco's deficit to two points, Taylor was targeted on the same route as his previous touchdown, but this time it feel incomplete. "Incomplete" is what the box score also lists for his final target, which once again came on third down inside Rams territory with the game on the line.

2017 Week 2 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Taylor's first target, a 5-yard reception, came on a quick slant out of the slot that benefited from a not-so-subtle pick by tight end George Kittle. His second (and final) target came late in the second quarter, with San Francisco having entered Seattle's red zone. Taylor was lined up in the slot on 3rd-and-1 and got a free release off the line of scrimmage. Brian Hoyer read both the situation and the defense well, but linebacker K.J. Wright deflected the sure-fire first down reception away. Otherwise, Taylor availed himself well as the 49ers' punt returner, averaging 13.3 yards.


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