Eric Reid's 2016 season is over.
The 49ers safety sustained a torn right biceps against the Patriots and will undergo season-ending surgery, the 49ers announced.
The 2013 first-round pick has started all 57 games he appeared in over the past four seasons.
As CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco wrote on Monday:
While his fifth-year contract of $5.676 million for next season is not guaranteed, the price does not seem so exorbitant to prompt the 49ers to release him.
Reid’s injury should open the door for second-year player Jaquiski Tartt to see his most extensive playing time of the season. Tartt started eight games last year, with mixed results, after taking over for Antoine Bethea.
Now, he will team with Bethea as he auditions for a more significant role for the future.
Reid was a Pro Bowler as a rookie.
Reid posted the following on Twitter:
Trent Taylor will sport a new look this season for the 49ers.
The wide receiver has switched his jersey to No. 15, he announced Thursday on his Instagram.
Taylor had a strong rookie season in 2017 as the team's primarly slot receiver, catching 43 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. But after undergoing offseason back surgery, Taylor struggled last season with just 26 catches for 215 yards and one touchdown. Taylor wore No. 5 during his college career at Louisiana Tech.
He takes over the uniform number Pierre Garçon wore the past two seasons. The 49ers declined the option on Garçon’s contract this month, and he remains unsigned as a free agent.
Taylor previously wore No. 81. That likely means new 49ers receiver Jordan Matthews will take over the jersey number he wore during his first three NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Matthews had his best three seasons with the Eagles, with 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns while wearing No. 81.
He wore No. 87 in his one season with the Buffalo Bills in 2017, and No. 80 upon his return to Philadelphia last season. The 49ers have retired those numbers, forever belonging to Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice, respectively.
With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing in only three games in 2018, Richie James Jr. didn't have a great opportunity to showcase his skills during his rookie campaign.
But the 23-year-old showed off his ability to catch the deep ball Thursday when he was spotted working out with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
James had a quiet rookie campaign, catching nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, while showcasing some promise as a return man.
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The 49ers could use another weapon at wide receiver, so perhaps the Middle Tennessee State product could emerge as a deep threat for Jimmy G in 2019.
While we probably shouldn't read too much into a March workout video, it's hard to deny James looked good hauling in the effortless deep ball from Mahomes.